Thursday, March 22, 2012

Law Bans Physicians From Warning Communities About Health Effects of Fracking


Pennsylvania Fracking Law Gags Physicians
http://www.readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/10573-pennsylvania-fracking-law-gags-physicians

By Walter Brasch, The Smirking Chimp 22 March 12

[excerpted] " A new Pennsylvania law endangers public health by forbidding health care professionals from sharing information they learn about certain chemicals and procedures used in high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The procedure is commonly known as fracking... 

The law, an amendment to Title 52 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, requires that companies provide to a state-maintained registry the names of chemicals and gases used in fracking. Physicians and others who work with citizen health issues may request specific information, but the company doesn’t have to provide that information if it claims it is a trade secret or proprietary information, nor does it have to reveal how the chemicals and gases used in fracking interact with natural compounds.  

...health care professionals are bound by a non-disclosure agreement that not only forbids them from warning the community of water and air pollution that may be caused by fracking, but which also forbids them from telling their own patients what the physician believes may have led to their health problems...."

read the entire article at the link above

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