Oil & Gas

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.

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

Fracking, Ohio, Oil and Gas

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

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

Air Pollution, All posts, Fracking, Oil and Gas

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

Cites Risks of Secret Fracking Chemicals

All posts, Fracking, New Jersey, Oil and Gas, States

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

All posts, Fracking, Oil and Gas, Pennsylvania, Slider content
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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

All posts, Fracking, Oil and Gas, US Work

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

All posts, Fracking, Oil and Gas

Unique Identifiers Could Shed Light on Confidential Fracking Chemicals

Citizens should be able to find out if EPA has health concerns about fracking chemicals.

Air Pollution, All posts, Fracking, Oil and Gas

Maryland Fracking Ban Would Protect DC Area Drinking Water

A big victory for drinking water in the DC area and throughout the Free State.

All posts, Fracking, Maryland, Oil and Gas, Washington DC

EPA’s Fracking and Drinking Water Study: A Win for Science, but More Work Remains

Fracking has contaminated water supplies though spills, poorly sealed wells, seepage, and well blowouts.

All posts, Fracking, Oil and Gas

Evidence Suggests Obama Administration Manipulated Fracking Study

A statement that EPA’s study hadn’t found widespread, systemic impacts on water systems is at odds with the actual findings of the report

Fracking, Oil and Gas