Clean Water Action works to protect water, health, climate and communities from oil and gas while pushing for the transition to a clean energy economy. We work to secure the strongest possible protections to limit the impacts of oil and gas development and to end the special treatment for the fossil fuel industry at the local, state, and national levels.
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.
“This is not a minor reporting error. This looks like flagrant noncompliance with a fundamental requirement that gauges the efficacy of carbon capture and storage technology as a climate mitigation tool. 45Q is close to useless without secure geological storage. The industry just took the money and ran,” said John Noel, National Oil & Gas Program Director.
CO2-EOR presents risks to groundwater, the surface environment, and the health of communities living near oil fields.