Clean up air pollution from oil and gas drilling and fracking

Oil and gas drilling and fracking are the second largest source of industrial climate pollution in the country. In a rush to drill and frack as fast as possible, oil and gas companies waste huge amounts of valuable energy by venting or flaring it into the air.

Methane – the principal component of natural gas – is 86 times more polluting than carbon dioxide, per pound. And when oil and gas operations release methane into the air, they also spew out a host of other air pollutants, like volatile organic compounds that contribute to asthma, and cancer-causing benzene.

Go to WORC's Action Page to tell the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior to prevent wasteful methane leaks and flaring and to protect clean air.

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Voices from the Bakken - Fighting Back

A snapshot of residents defending their water, land, communities, and families from the harmful effects of booming oil drilling in the Bakken region of northwest North Dakota.

Hydraulic Fracturing Photos

John Fenton and his
neigbors deal with the impacts of gas
drilling and hydraulic fracturing daily.
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Who's Your Farmer?

Powder River member Audrey Malan gives thanks for local food and local producers in a High Plains News radio commentary.


Member Group News

Oregon divided on GMO issue – Oregon Rural Action member Bob Hanson comments on labeling genetically modified foods. (The Argus Observer, October 15, 2014)

Fiery Oil-Train Derailments Prompt Calls for Less Flammable Oil – Lynn Wolf, a Dakota Resource Council member, says the oil train derailment and explosion near Casselton, N.D., was a “wake-up call.”(National Public Radio, October 13, 2014)

Following Customer Backlash, Wyoming Utility Withdraws Proposed Solar Surcharge – Dakota Rural Action leads charge against rate increase requiring small residential solar or wind system operators to pay more. (Think Progress, September 26, 2014)

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