Fracking with “Forever Chemicals” in Texas February 6, 2023
Oil and Gas Companies Used PFAS in Texas Wells, Extent of Use Obscured by Six Billion Pounds of “Trade Secret” Chemicals
Previously unpublicized information unearthed by Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) shows that since at least 2013, oil and gas companies used in Texas oil and gas wells more than 43,000 pounds of a class of extremely toxic and persistent chemicals known as PFAS. However, gaps in Texas’s disclosure rules prevent the public from knowing how widely PFAS—or other toxic chemicals—have been used in oil and gas drilling and extraction. These findings raise concerns that Texans may unknowingly be exposed to highly hazardous substances.