Irresponsible oil and gas drilling threatens public health, safety, agriculture, land, water, and air. Millions of acres of land across the West are being disturbed by:

  • pipelines and roads
  • compressor stations
  • transmission lines
  • flares
  • wastewater containment ponds
  • exploding oil trains
  • well pads

Oil and gas development is turning agricultural land into industrial sites, and cities into oil train blast zones. This does not have to be the case.

Oil and gas development can and must be done right, without polluting our land, air, and water or leaving landowners and taxpayers with the costs of cleanup.

WORC and its member groups in Colorado, Idaho, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming are organizing to reduce flaring and venting of natural gas, ensure safe and responsible disposal of oilfield waste, and working to make oil trains and oil pipelines safer.

News from Oil and Gas

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Ever wonder what it’s like to be neighbors with oil and gas?

Just ask Donny Nelson, a fourth-generation farmer and rancher, who lives at ground zero for oil and gas drilling in North Dakota. “We’ve had oil…


WORC Network Applauds Release of BLM Flaring and Venting Rule

On January 22, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its much anticipated draft rule to curb flaring and venting associated with oil and gas…

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South Dakota approves lapsed Keystone permit application

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted unanimously on Jan. 5 to approve TransCanada’s expired permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline. To be…