‘Forever’ chemicals could contaminate New Mexico water via fracking

A new report contended an industrial water pollutant could be in fluid used for hydraulic fracturing as the State of New Mexico made the case the chemical should be considered hazardous waste by the federal government.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) or substances that could degrade into PFAS were allegedly found in fracking operations at 1,200 wells in six U.S. states between 2012 and 2020, including New Mexico, per the July 12 study from Physicians for Social Responsibility.

PFAS, also known by environmental activists as “forever chemicals” are byproducts from industrial operations, are toxic to humans and do not break down in the environment, read the report.

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The report pointed to wells potentially containing PFAS in New Mexico owned by XTO Energy, Chevron and EOG Resources – three of the state’s biggest oil and gas producers.