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.

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Methane standards fight continues

Organizing efforts on federal methane standards kept WORC and its member groups busy throughout 2017. WORC beat the Trump administration in Congress and the courts.…

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Injection wells near homes rile residents in Colorado and Wyoming

Two injection wells sited near homes, one in Western Colorado, and one in Laramie County, Wyoming, have stirred up controversy in recent weeks. WORC member…

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Keystone 1 Pipeline spills 210,000 Gallons In S.D.

On November 16, the Keystone 1 pipeline leaked tar sands oil for the second time in South Dakota. The spill in Marshall County, which totaled…