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.

US Map with Aquifer Exemptions plotted

Sacrificing Water for Oil and Gas Profit

The Aquifer Exemption program in the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) program allows certain oil and gas and mining activity to occur in groundwater that would otherwise be protected as a drinking water source. 

Recent Actions

Tell DEP to Control Methane from Existing Oil & Gas Operations

Email DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell and demand the strong controls for methane emissions from existing oil and gas operations.

Endorse the Decomission Plan

Take Action Now and Endorse the Oil & Water Don't Mix Plan to Decommission Line 5

Get Money Out of Politics Today!

The oil and gas industry, aided by the erosion of campaign finance laws and nearly boundless lobbying budgets, asserts enormous influence over legislative processes in real time while also enjoying legacy influence in regulatory frame- works. The results can be devastating to the health of the environment and the public.

Urge Governor Baker to say no to fracked gas

Tell Governor Baker that you don’t want new fracked gas pipelines in Massachusetts. 

Press Releases

December 20, 2018

In an effort to prevent the federal government from allowing harmful drilling off the New Jersey coast, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe today joined a multistate lawsuit to reverse federal approval of seismic testing along the eastern seaboard.

December 20, 2018

Clean Water Action released the following statement today at Governor Murphy's bill signing of the NJ Transit reform bill (S630, sponsored by Senators Weinberg [D-Bergen], Kean [R-Union], and Greenstein [D-Middlesex] as well as Assembly members McKeon [D-Essex], Benson [D-Mercer] and Jones [D-Camden]).

December 5, 2018

Trenton, NJ -- Clean Water Action released the following statement in response to NJDEP's proposed Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) rule announced at noon today.

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

January 2, 2019

The Sun was right to call for greater public transparency about rail traffic through the Howard Street Tunnel, as the public is poised to provide even larger subsidies to renovate it (“CSX back on track,” December 17, 2018). Our region’s railroads are critical to the health, safety, and economic development of Baltimore: a huge volume of commodities travel quickly and efficiently by rail, but bottlenecks like the Howard Street Tunnel restrict that flow.

Great Lakes / photo: flickr.com/gsfc (CC BY 2.0)
December 13, 2018

As I take time to reflect on what we’ve done this year, I’m struck by the tremendous progress we’ve made together. We’ve done a lot in 2018 to ensure a future where all Michiganders have access to clean, safe, and affordable drinking water.

Oil and gas operations
October 23, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator, Andrew Wheeler will be in Pittsburgh tomorrow, keynoting the Shale Insight Conference.