Thousands of pounds of “forever chemicals” have been injected into Texas oil and gas wells, study find

Thousands of pounds of “forever chemicals” have been injected into Texas oil and gas wells, study find

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At first, they were considered miracle chemicals: perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl 

At first, they were considered miracle chemicals: perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl 

substances, developed by 3M in the 1930s, could keep scrambled eggs from sticking 

substances, developed by 3M in the 1930s, could keep scrambled eggs from sticking 

to a frying pan. They could make rainwater roll right off a jacket, and when added to fire-fighting foams, put out major fires quickly. 

to a frying pan. They could make rainwater roll right off a jacket, and when added to fire-fighting foams, put out major fires quickly. 

But as their use grew, researchers started to link PFAS to a range of health problems, 

But as their use grew, researchers started to link PFAS to a range of health problems, 

including birth defects, cancer and other serious diseases. The chemical doesn’t 

including birth defects, cancer and other serious diseases. The chemical doesn’t 

break down and can persist in water and soil, and even human blood, and has acquired the nickname “forever chemical.” 

break down and can persist in water and soil, and even human blood, and has acquired the nickname “forever chemical.” 

Despite scientific concern, PFAS are still used in everything from waterproof 

Despite scientific concern, PFAS are still used in everything from waterproof 

camping gear to fast food containers. And according to a new study, they are used even more in Texas. 

camping gear to fast food containers. And according to a new study, they are used even more in Texas. 

A new report by the Physicians for Social Responsibility documents the wide use of PFAS 

A new report by the Physicians for Social Responsibility documents the wide use of PFAS 

n oil and gas drilling and calls on Texas to follow the lead of some other states in restricting use of the chemicals. 

n oil and gas drilling and calls on Texas to follow the lead of some other states in restricting use of the chemicals. 

The group criticized state regulations that allow energy companies to withhold information on the use of chemicals they deem to be proprietary. 

The group criticized state regulations that allow energy companies to withhold information on the use of chemicals they deem to be proprietary.