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New Pennsylvania law coming under attack

By Bob Downing Published: February 19, 2012

Public health professionals say that Pennsylvania's new impact fee law signed by Gov. Corbett last week could hurt the delivery of health services to injured workers and residents living near gas-drilling sites.

The legislation allows drillers to withhold information on the chemicals used to hydraulically fracture or frack the wells, if the company deems them proprietary, or a trade secret. That would include the chemical's identity and the concentration level.

A provision allows health provicders access to the information in order to treat a patient but it requires health-care workers to signa confidentiality agreements that allow the health-care professionals to use the information only to treat the individual patients.

That runs counter to widely held medical ethics and is wrong, says Dr. Jerome Paulson at George Washington University.

Click here to see an account of the debate.

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ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

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Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

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