Oil and gas drilling and fracking threaten forests, drinking water sources, and community health.

Under the leadership of Dusty Horwitt, PFPI’s former Senior Counsel and oil and gas expert, PFPI spent five years investigating the EPA’s health assessments and regulatory determinations for chemicals used in drilling and fracking. PFPI reviewed thousands of EPA documents, conducted state-level research into toxic chemicals with help from the FracTracker Alliance, and issued three critical reports. During that time, we also provided analysis and advocacy on behalf of citizens and testified in Pennsylvania at the request of the Attorney General. Efforts included:

  • Coordinating with members of Congress, together with health professionals and first responders, to petition the EPA to reveal the drilling and fracking chemicals identified as potentially harmful under the federal Toxic Substances Control Act;
  • Encouraging DC area water suppliers and distributors to protect drinking waters supplies by supporting a total ban on fracking in Virginia; and
  • Advocating against fracking in the George Washington National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains.

Recent Posts

Secret Fracking Chemicals Threaten Ohioans’ Health, Drinking Water

Ohio law allows drilling companies to hide chemical identities, even from first responders; EPA records suggest secret fracking chemicals pose serious health risks

First Responders, Health Professionals Question EPA’s Decision to Hide Fracking Chemicals

EPA Documented Leaks and Spills but Says People Won’t be Exposed

N.J. Gov. Murphy Calls for Ban on Fracking Activities in Delaware River Basin

Cites Risks of Secret Fracking Chemicals

Secret Fracking Chemicals Threaten Delaware River Basin, Pennsylvania

State governments and the oil and gas industry still won’t come clean on what’s in fracking fluids
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Thirty-three Members of Congress Ask EPA to Reveal Secret Fracking Chemicals

By keeping these chemical identities confidential, the EPA is putting first responders in harm’s way

First Responders, Health Professionals, Scientists Ask EPA to Disclose Secret Drilling and Fracking Chemicals

EPA Regulators Identified Health Risks ranging from Lung Irritation to Neurotoxicity, but Approved Chemicals for Use

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