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Forever Chemicals in Pennsylvania’s Oil & Gas Production: A New Report from PSR

October 26, 2023 , 6:30 pm 7:30 pm EDT

Join Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), ProtectPT, FracTracker Alliance, Environmental Health Project, and Halt the Harm Network for a live discussion of PSR’s report Fracking with “Forever Chemicals” in Pennsylvania.

What is the report on?

Based on publicly available oil and gas industry disclosures, PSR’s report details the risk of PFAS pollution from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas wells including risks from the disposal of millions of tons of liquid and solid waste associated with the wells. 

What are PFAS?

PFAS are a highly dangerous class of human-made chemicals known for their extreme toxicity, severe health effects, including cancer, and resistance to breaking down in the environment, leading to their nickname, “forever chemicals.” Private water wells in rural areas where most drilling and fracking are conducted may be at particularly high risk of contamination. Once contaminated, groundwater is particularly difficult to clean up. However, communities where oil and gas waste is taken for disposal that are located miles from drilling sites could also face risks from PFAS contamination.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has indicated that for some types of PFAS, no amount in drinking water is safe.

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