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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A Stronger Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Could Protect Colorado Communities

Western Colorado Alliance member asks for reforms that protect Colorado communities, rather than protecting oil and gas company profits. Leslie Robinson is a long-time leader…

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New Video Series Shows the Impacts of Oil and Gas Development

Powder River Basin Resource Council's new video series gives an intimate look at the effects of oil and gas extraction on Wyoming communities. Wyoming residents…

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Fracking Cover-up Continues Groundwater Contamination Disaster in Pavillion, Wyoming

How tumult over a draft report on fracking-related water contamination has given Wyoming a pass on fixing groundwater polluted by traditional gas drilling. For more…