Fracking with ‘Forever Chemicals’ in West Virginia

Learn more about Physicians for Social Responsibility’s new report, which exposes the use of highly toxic PFAS chemicals to frack horizontal gas wells in West Virginia. 

A new report from Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) has revealed that, according to the industry’s own data from 2012 – 2022, large amounts of PFAS “forever chemicals” have been used in oil and gas drilling across northern West Virginia.

The best science tells us that PFAS chemicals are toxic and can cause serious adverse health effects at very low levels. Unsafe levels of PFAS have been found in the raw water supply for 130 community water systems in West Virginia.

PSR’s report also demonstrates that the oil and gas pumped almost 70 million pounds of other “trade secret” chemicals into these wells. Some of these might also be types of PFAS.

To help us understand this report, we’re teaming up with PSR and Halt the Harm to host a webinar on Tuesday, April 2, at 12:00 PM ET.

We’ll discuss the implications for public health and our environment, policy recommendations, and advocacy strategies for protecting communities and our delicate ecosystems. Please register to attend today.→

During the webinar, we’ll hear from experts, including Dusty Horwitt, lead author of the report; Barbara Gottlieb, Director of PSR’s Environment and Health Program and report co-author; grassroots organizer Jill Hunkler; hydrogeologist Linda Aller; and WV River’s own Staff Scientist, Jenna Dodson.

You can register for the webinar at this link:

If you have any questions or need assistance registering, you can reach out to us at

More soon,

WV Rivers

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