A Luzerne County doctor has filed a federal lawsuit against a controversial aspect of Pennsylvanias 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 companiesmay require health-care workers to sign non-disclosure requirements.

Governor Corbetts office says it is meant to help doctors. Some doctors say the rule would compromise their medical ethics andjeopardize 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.