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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1st Amendment under assault in western states

Northern Plains Chair Becky Mitchell details attacks on 1st Amendment rights by state legislatures around our region. Written by Northern Plains Chair Becky Mitchell.   “Stop.…

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Taxpayers at Risk of Paying to Clean Up Orphaned Oil and Gas Wells

Above, an oil rig sits dormant. When companies abandon wells, taxpayers are left to foot the cleanup costs. As oil and gas wells are abandoned,…

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WORC takes Zinke’s Royalty Policy Committee to court to stop blatant corporate giveaways

Ryan Zinke’s energy industry-stacked RPC is in the business of turning public resources into private profits--with no return on investment to the public. This week,…