Per- and substances (PFAS) are a class of compounds associated with a wide range of adverse health effects, including cancer. In addition, the release of PFAS during oil and gas drilling can contaminate drinking water sources.

  • We’ll discuss the possibility of PFAS pollution from oil and gas drilling, as well as several legislative measures that have been offered to address this problem.
  • Per- and substances (PFAS) are a class of compounds associated with a wide range of adverse health effects, cancer included. Waterproof clothes and nonstick cookware are only two examples of the many ways in which these materials have been put to good use.
  • The release of PFAS during oil and gas drilling can contaminate drinking water sources. As a result, several state governments have suggested new legislation to address the issue of oil and gas drilling causing PFAS contamination.
  • Oil and gas companies would be required to register their usage of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and take action to clean up any contaminated areas created by these chemicals under the proposed legislation. The bill would satisfy both of these requirements if it became law.
  • If passed, the proposed legislation would protect the public from the possible health concerns caused by PFAS exposure.
  • PFASs may be introduced into the environment via several different mechanisms during oil and gas production. In some situations, flaring may be the best option. For example, perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) can be used to make both drilling fluid and fracking fluid. This is due to the versatility and utility of PFAS compounds.
  • Water supplies can become contaminated if PFAS are allowed to leak into the environment. In addition, some people may get cancer and a variety of other diseases due to this.
  • Several state legislatures have introduced bills to address PFAS contamination from oil and gas development. Oil and gas companies would be required to register their usage of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and take action to clean up any contaminated areas created by these chemicals under the proposed legislation. The bill would satisfy both of these requirements if it became law.
  • If passed, the proposed legislation would protect the public from the possible health concerns caused by PFAS exposure.

Reference

Johnston, J., & Cushing, L. (2020). Chemical exposures, health, and environmental justice in communities living on the fenceline of industry. Current environmental health reports7(1), 48-57.

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