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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Residential Drilling Rule “Utter Failure” Says WCC

Western Colorado Congress members said the new oil and gas residential drilling rule does not protect their community of Battlement Mesa during a press conference…

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Northern Plains Wins Carbon County Landowner Protections

After almost three years of campaigning Northern Plains Resource Council (NPRC) won a major victory July 18 to protect landowners from oil and gas development…

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Idaho Keeps Oil & Gas Well Setback At 300 Feet

The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) recently decided to keep a 300-feet minimum oil and gas well setback from occupied dwellings. The decision was made…