Press Release

For Immediate Release

October 14, 2021

MOVCA October 21st Program Features Recording of Webinar:

PFAS, Endocrine Disruption, and Shale Gas Development  

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia –  Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action is pleased to share a video recording of  “PFAS, Endocrine Disruption, and Shale Gas Development,”  a webinar originally hosted by Halt the Harm Network and the Environmental Health Project. The program will be offered on Zoom at 7:00 p.m. on October 21st.  Webinar speakers include Dusty Horwitt, J.D., who presents on PFAS in Oil and Gas Extraction, explaining how these chemicals were not known to be used in fracking until Physicians for Social Responsibility released his report in July; and Katie Pelch, Ph.D., who presents on PFAS: A Non-stick Nightmare, discussing the health impacts related to PFAS with a focus on endocrine disruption, as well as regulation and exposure mitigation.

A live, interactive discussion led by Dr. Randi Pokladnik will follow screening of the webinar. Dr. Pokladnik earned an associate degree in Environmental Engineering, a BA in Chemistry, MA and PhD in Environmental Studies. She is certified in hazardous materials regulations and holds a teaching license in science and math.

 Anyone interested is welcome to join the meeting. Please register in advance:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

“Our region knows a great deal about exposure to “Forever Chemicals,” said Adeline Bailey, MOVCA member. “Learning that these toxic chemicals are approved for use in fracking is disturbing,”  


Mid-Ohio Valley Climate  Action focuses on raising awareness of the solid science establishing the danger of the climate crisis and the urgency of dealing with it. MOVCA supports the efforts of, and Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and is a Science Booster Club for the National Center for Science Education. The not-for-profit volunteer group also collaborates with other environmental groups on campaigns and events in the Mid-Ohio Valley.  For more information, visit the organization’s web page (