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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Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
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Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.