On Fracking and Free Lunches

Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“At Grist, Amal Ahmed quotes a new report from Physicians for Social Responsibility to the effect that polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAs, are widely used in oil and natural gas fracking. PFAs are a forever chemical — meaning they persist indefinitely in soil and water, and wind up entering the food chain — linked to ‘birth defects, cancer, and other serious diseases.’ Specifically, they are responsible for widespread incidents of groundwater contamination. … This is just another example of how fracking, and the fossil fuel industry more generally, couldn’t survive if held to proper standards of liability for the damage it causes to surrounding communities.” (05/22/23)