oil and gas wastewater

US Map with Aquifer Exemptions plotted

Challenging Oil and Gas Industry Practice of Legally Polluting Sources of Drinking Water

March 25, 2016

On March 23, we sent a legal petition to EPA requesting the Agency revoke or amend its rules governing Aquifer Exemptions.

Still In the Pits

Speaking up from the belly of the oil beast

March 18, 2016

Kern County is the "belly of the beast" for the California's oil and gas industry, where almost 80 percent of the state's oil is produced. It’s where the vast majority of the environmental and health fallout is.

Rosanna in a respirator in front of a Bakersfield's sign

Wearing a respirator in Bakersfield—where the town motto is "life as it should be."

February 23, 2016

Lately I’ve been thinking about signs I’ve seen scattered around neighborhoods in Bakersfield with the proclamation, “Bakersfield – Life As It Should Be.” They’re kidding, right?

Kern River Oil Field in California. Photo credit: Andrew Grinberg / Clean Water Action

Our Latest Trip Around the Sun: A 2015 Collection of Articles and Insights

January 3, 2016

Highlights from some of Clean Water's favorite insights and developments this year in the world of oil and gas, drinking water protection and climate change.

Pipeline, Mt. Poso

The Golden State Exemptions Part 2: The Aquifer Exemption Resistance

October 8, 2015

Resistance to erasing a drinking water source from potential use is happening in many communities like San Luis Obispo.

The Golden State Exemptions: California Aquifers Are Being Lost to the Oil and Gas Industry

October 6, 2015

In January, Clean Water Action exposed a little known secret in the Safe Drinking Water Act that lets oil and gas companies dispose of their wastewater and conduct oil and gas extraction activities directly in potential sources of drinking water. The secret is called an “aquifer exemption”.

Exposing Drinking Water Threats from Oil & Gas Activities

September 17, 2015

 We’re honored to have a feature article on Aquifer Exemptions in the most recent Journal of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). AWWA is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water and Journal AWWA is widely read in the world of drinking water.