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

methane pollution, natural gas waste

Natural Gas Waste Standards Targeted by Industry and States

WORC teamed with 14 national, regional, tribal and local public health and environmental groups representing millions of Americans to take legal steps to defend new…

DOT-111 oil train

Canada Phases Out DOT-111 Rail Cars

On November 1, Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau delivered on his promise to phase out DOT-111 rail cars from Canada. DOT-111 cars are the rail cars…


Fenton, LeResche: Lax permitting caused Pavillion contamination

Groundwater contamination in the Pavillion area is not just about fracking. The real story is the historic regulatory capture and incompetence that led the state…