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Pennsylvania doctor sues over Act 13 gag rule

By Bob Downing Published: July 31, 2012

A Luzerne County doc­tor has filed a fed­eral law­suit against a con­tro­ver­sial aspect of Pennsylvania’s new drilling law, according to NPR's Susan Phillips.

The law, now known as Act 13, requires gas drilling com­pa­nies to pro­vide health pro­fes­sion­als with health and safety infor­ma­tion on chem­i­cal expo­sures expe­ri­enced by indi­vid­ual patients.

 But the law also says companies may require health-care workers to sign non-disclosure requirements.

Gov­er­nor Corbett’s office says it is meant to help doctors. Some doctors say the rule would compromise their medical ethics and jeop­ar­dize pub­lic health.

A panel of Com­mon­wealth court judges recently ruled in a sep­a­rate case that another doc­tor chal­leng­ing the law did not have standing to bring such a suit.

But a lawyer for Luzerne County nephrol­o­gist Alfonso Rodriquez says his client is in a dif­fer­ent position beause he is treating people who were exposed to fracking liquids.




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