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

Northern Plains member protecting the Yellowstone and milk rivers

New Lawsuit Intends to Continue Protecting the Yellowstone and Milk Rivers from KXL

Northern Plains Resource Council members are committed to the long game on Keystone XL. Adapted from Northern Plains Resource Council’s newsletter. Subscribe to WORC's blog!…

abandoned oil well in the rocky mountain west

Newly Empowered Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Still Lacks the Power to Stop Well Abandonment

Heralded as a new era in Colorado’s regulation of oil and gas, a recent bankruptcy shows that times have yet to change. Subscribe to WORC's…

Iconic Wyoming Reservoir Endangered By Produced Water From Oil and Gas Development

Citizen Efforts Force Public Hearings over Wastewater Dumping into Boysen Reservoir. Above: Wind River flows toward Boysen Lake, one of the most scenic lakes in…