Publications

Map of Colorado aquifer exemptions
March 18, 2019

Program that Sacrifices Underground Drinking Waterfor Oil and Gas Injection Raises Questions

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 potential drinking water source.

Clean Water Action-Clean Water Fund Annual Report 2017
July 10, 2018

There were plenty of signs before 2017 started that the year would be one wild ride. We braced for the worst and were surprised only by the ferocity and relentless pace of attacks on our water and health coming out of the Trump Administration and Congress. Yet, outside of the political sphere, Americans remain unified in their support of clean water. Almost without exception, a solid majority of people in all demographic groups, in all parts of the country, regardless of party affiliation, care about our water and want to see it protected, now and for future generations.

Lake Erie Algal Bloom - August 2015. Photo Credit: NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch
June 5, 2018

Since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972 the United States has made great progress in cleaning up industrial chemicals and sewage pollution, but has failed to significantly reduce run-off of nutrient pollution into our nation’s rivers, lakes, and bays. Nutrient pollution refers to nitrogen   and phosphorus, which are essential life elements that have enabled agriculture production in the United States to thrive, but at a huge cost to water quality.

Carbon Capture and Release cover image
April 27, 2018

Oversight Failures in the Section 45Q Tax Credit for Enhanced Oil Recovery

Executive Summary

After decades of scientific analysis and international negotiations, reducing carbon emissions is now a global imperative. U.S. Congress, for its part, recog­nized the potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to reduce emissions and provided a tax incentive for companies that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from various industrial practices and store it underground.

November 14, 2017

CO2-EOR presents risks to groundwater, the surface environment, and the health of communities living near oil fields.

 

Stranglehold: Oil and Gas Money is Choking Our Democracy
August 22, 2017

Americans should understand the goal of the oil and gas industry: drill, extract, and burn all the oil and gas resources it can acquire. The business plan is to burn it all.Stranglehold: Oil and Gas Money is Choking Our Democracy

Chevron Midway-Sunset EOR Well Blowout
July 19, 2017

Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) is the most common oil recovery practice in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 60% of domestic crude oil production. EOR involves the injection of fluids underground to increase the flow of oil and gas to the surface. Despite its prevalence, EOR is largely unknown to the public, poses threats to groundwater, and lacks adequate oversight from state and federal regulators. 

Horseshoe Band - AZ. Photo credit: Francesco R. Iacomino /  Shutterstock
May 11, 2017

Open the Annual Report below and you’ll see great examples of what we’ve accomplished, thanks to your help.

May 24, 2016

Once again the SAB Panel deserves considerable praise for the way it has conducted the review of this “highly influential” document over these past several months.

Money in Politics Cover
April 20, 2016

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.