Oil and Gas

Clean Water is working to protect people and communities from oil and gas production's harmful environmental and health impacts while pushing for the transition to a clean energy economy.

PA Waterway

Protect Pennsylvania's Waterways from Pollution

Pennsylvania’s waters are an invaluable resource for drinking water, recreation and habitat for aquatic life. Yet the Pennsylvania General Assembly recently passed a bill that put them at greater risk from pollution.

Recent Actions

Tell the Michigan Public Service Commission to Reject the Line 5 Tunnel Scheme!

The Michigan Public Service Commission is currently accepting comments on Enbridge’s request to relocate Line 5 in a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Allegheny County Deserves Clean Air!

Over this past Christmas, residents in the Mon Valley suffered from nearly a week of unhealthy air pollution levels – violating federal Clean Air Act standards. The main culprit was the U.S.

Protect families from oil and gas pollution

Please join Clean Water Action and impacted communities across California in asking for Governor Newsom to use his executive power to require a 2500-foot setback from oil and gas operations in order to protect our fencelin

The COVID-19 Crisis Should NOT be ‘Christmas Come Early’ for Polluters

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) are letting polluters use the COVID-19 crisis as an excuse to avoid regulations put in place to protect public health and the env

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

Calendar counting down to May 12th, 2021 - Deadline for Line 5 Shutdown
November 28, 2020

On November 13th, after 15 months of reviewing violations of Enbridge’s 1953 easement to operate Line 5, Governor Whitmer and the Department of Natural Resources revoked and terminated the 1953 easement allowing Line 5 to operate in the Straits of Mackinac. This was a huge victory, and is something that Clean Water Action and our allies have been demanding and working towards for years. We are celebrating this victory, but the fight to decommission Line 5 continues.  Here are the most relevant moving pieces and next steps.

May 26, 2020

Congress should fully fund for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) by passing the Great Americans Outdoor Act. As we all have experienced, access to parks is incredibly important for our mental and physical health, and remain a low risk activity even while we are social distancing. Unfortunately, for years Congress has diverted money out of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, leaving us with critically underfunded parks when we need them most.

Blue Heron taking flight over a lake. Photo credit: shaferaphoto / Shutterstock
March 18, 2020

I hope that you and your family are well and that you are staying healthy. We understand the challenges we're all facing right now while dealing the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. And we know that has to come first.