Oil & Gas

Oil and gas was one of DRC’s founding issues in 1978, and we continue to work with community members throughout North Dakota regarding oil and gas impacts. Western North Dakota is ground zero in one of the biggest oil extraction developments in the U.S. It has brought an economic boom, but the rapid, chaotic rush to extract as much oil as fast as possible has unnecessarily overwhelmed the region. Spills, explosions, blowouts, crime, contamination, and radioactive waste abandoned across the Bakken have led a growing number of people to understand there must be a better, more responsible way to do this.

This past year DRC litigiously challenged the North Dakota Health Council to pressure the agency to reconsider the ratification of increasing the level of allowable radioactive waste at special waste facilities. Members also contributed to an ongoing water quality study with Duke University. The study shows that radioactive material continues to accumulate even after sites have been reclaimed.

Currently, DRC members are organizing to:

  • Secure the BLM Methane Waste Reduction Rules from being repealed.
  • Host community discussions to address the lasting impacts of the DAPL events and how to move forward in solidarity to protect our values, communities and resources.
  • Intervene in the public permitting processes for the proposed Davis Refinery sited to be adjacent to the national park. Learn more here.