Pennsylvania Law Prevents Doctors from Telling Patients About the Dangers of Fracking

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 19th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/oo8bs97v/
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In Pennsylvania it is against the law for doctors to reveal to their patients the chemicals used by fracking companies.

Frack to your heart's content

Fracking is the method by which natural gas is extracted from deep underground by forcing water, gases and chemicals at pressures up to 15,000 pounds per square inch into rock formations, forcing the natural gas to the surface, Each fracking well - and there are more than 5,500 of them in Pennsylvania with dozens more opening each week - takes up over nine acres of land.

Geologists estimate there is as many as 2,000 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale, which extends beneath the Allegheny Plateau, through all of southern New York, much of Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, West Virginia and parts of Maryland. Over the lifetime of each well as much as nine million gallons of water and 100,000 gallons of chemicals and radioactive isotopes are used. By the time this water has done its job it is permanently polluted, and radioactive.

Muzzling health care providers

Under the law, doctors and other healthcare providers are not allowed to even suggest that their patients' health care problems may be due to the chemicals used in fracking. Companies are not required to even make public the chemicals they use in the process of extracting natural gas. "I have never seen anything like this in my 37 years of practice," says Dr. Helen Podgainy, a pediatrician from Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. Her first priority, she says "is to diagnose and treat, and to be proactive in preventing harm to others." The new law, she states, not only "hinders preventative measures for our patients, it places a gag order on all discussion."

So there you have it, folks. This is how the Pennsyhlvania legislature and Governor Tom Corbett (R) are looking out for the health and safety of all you voters who elected them to office.

The video below powerfully reveals what fracking has done to one North Dakota farming family:

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author avatar Denise O
19th Mar 2012 (#)

Just disgusting. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you Denise.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
19th Mar 2012 (#)

Right now they are conducting seismic tests in my area, it is concerning.

Ultimately as long as we consume gas, oil, natural gas, and so forth, who is to blame? The consumer drives the industry.

However that does not excuse doctors from being prevented to do their job. Imagine if the cigarette companies had been allowed to keep doctors quiet?

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
19th Mar 2012 (#)

I should add... I wonder how many politicians make their money off of gas? Hmm....

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th Mar 2012 (#)

I think that's how they were able to get this law passed. They own the governor and the legislature.

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author avatar Mikey.
19th Mar 2012 (#)

This is crazy,Why don't the people rise and do something about it,Nobody can or should be expected to live in these conditions.The government in America are very quick to send their armies across the world to sort out dictators, Maybe they should start at home.I don't think my people would take that kind of shit from anyone.Again as always Steve great job.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Mar 2012 (#)

Good suggestions Mikey. Thank you.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
20th Mar 2012 (#)

Steve you are so right on again..I agree with Mikey some one should do something about all these dreadful things but TG you are at least putting it on the net for people to see...usually it is hidden or squashed by the people who as Mark added are making money off of gas....
thank you love for putting this in Plain Sight..

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you cnwriter for your perceptive comment.

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author avatar Buzz
20th Mar 2012 (#)

Very hard to imagine why a law such as this has been passed that should deliberately suppress the facts.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Mar 2012 (#)

Actually it's not that hard to understand Buzz when you know that the state legislature and the governor have been bought and paid for by the oil and gas interests.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Mar 2012 (#)

A very shocking report...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Mar 2012 (#)

Indeed it is. Thanks Delicia.

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author avatar Songbird B
20th Mar 2012 (#)

I have no words to share my disgust of what they are doing Steve...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Mar 2012 (#)

There are no words. Thanks Songbird.

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author avatar Vernazoa
20th Mar 2012 (#)

This is scarey.Great info Steve. This is the first time I have heard of fracking. I used to know a guy that detonated nuclear bombs in the ground near Mexico.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks for commenting vernazoa. Nice to hear from you.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
31st Mar 2012 (#)

We are getting there! Underground nuclear bombs detonated and all this frigging fracking, will destroy our home (Earth). As Buzz said, "the State legislature and the governor have been bought and paid for by the oil and gas interests."

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