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