Environmental group says analysis shows oil and gas companies have used ‘forever chemicals’ to frack wells across #Colorado — Colorado Public Radio #PFAS

From Colorado Public Radio (Sam Brasch):

Companies have used potentially toxic “forever chemicals” to coax oil and gas from Colorado wells since at least 2008, according to a new report from Physicians for Social Responsibility.

The environmental advocacy group also claims drillers may have concealed some dangerous chemicals they’ve pumped into wells under state rules that allow companies to withhold the disclosure of industry “trade secrets.” Dusty Horwitt, one of the report’s authors, said the disclosure exemptions make it nearly impossible to know the full extent of the industry’s use per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances — also known as PFAS.

“Coloradans could be unknowingly exposed to these highly toxic forever chemicals, as they’re called, from thousands of oil and gas wells across the state,” Horwitt said.

The claims could add another chapter to a rapidly expanding PFAS pollution crisis. The category of chemicals was born in 1938 when a chemist at DuPont stumbled upon polytetrafluoroethylene, a compound that later became famous as a nonstick cookware coating known as Teflon. Companies soon found other applications for the chemical’s slipperiness and ability to resist oil and water. The discovery fueled the development of other PFAS chemicals now used in a wide range of consumer products like dental floss, waterproof jackets and fire fighting foam.

PFAS contamination in the U.S. via ewg.org. [Click the map to go to the website.]

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