Preventing Oil Spills in U.S. Waters

The rule is designed to prevent discharges of oil into U.S. waters, and to contain those discharges if they occur.

Case Overview

Oil industry groups challenged an Environmental Protection Agency rule defining which waters enjoy certain federal protections from oil spills. Earthjustice intervened to oppose the industry challenge.

In March 2008, a federal district court invalidated the rule.

Case Updates

June 1, 2012 Press Release

America’s Clean Water Under Siege by U.S. House of Representatives

House approves Dirty Water Rider in government spending bill

February 4, 2008 Press Release

Oil Companies Seek to Weaken Limits on Oil Spills into America's Waters

Environmentalists in court to support rules protecting rivers, streams, wetlands from pollution

June 9, 2005 Press Release

Bush Administration: "Honey, I Shrunk the Clean Water Act"

Bush administration pushes to redefine Clean Water Act