Oil and gas development has far-reaching implications for the farmers, ranchers, Native Americans, and other community members who live in its midst. Communities across the West face increased truck traffic, elevated crime, and strained local economies, not to mention lost property values and agricultural viability, and threats to public health. Living with Oil and Gas tells the stories of impacted individuals, in their own words, from the heart of the Bakken oil fields in Montana and North Dakota, to the natural gas fields and the frontline communities of Wyoming and Colorado’s Western Slope.

In particular, the flaring, venting, and leaking of natural gas from oil and gas wells and processing equipment harms local residents’ quality of life and poses real threats to their health. This can be avoided with the introduction of strong state and federal safeguards to curb these emissions, and protect people across the West from their impacts. The Bureau of Land Management plays a particularly important role because it manages federal and tribal minerals across the West, under both private and public lands.


Like the stories we’ve shared? We’ve picked a handful, and turned them into a glossy booklet that tells the story of what it’s like to be a Westerner living with oil and gas development on your land, farm, ranch, or in your town. Download it here for free. 


Living with Oil and Gas is a project of the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC), in conjunction with Dakota Resource Council, Northern Plains Resource Council, Powder River Basin Resource Council, and Western Colorado CongressWORC is a regional network of grassroots community organizations that include 12,200 members and 39 local chapters in seven Western states: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Wyoming.