Sunday, April 15, 2012

GOP & Fracking: Doctors might have to keep secret what's making patients sick

It's getting more and more ridiculous of just how callous the GOP is becoming in backing the fracking industry 100 perpcent. Now, it appears that Republicans and some Dems such as Heh Heh Henry Cuellar and their unapologetic support of the oil and gas industry might be compromising the ability of doctors to fully disclose to their patients just exactly what it is that is making them sick.

This particular article is about the fracking scene in Pennsylvania but it mirrors the attitude that the GOP (and some dems) have assumed right here in Tejas.

From The Huffington Post

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — House Speaker Sam Smith said Thursday it's "outrageous" for doctors to suggest that Pennsylvania's new Marcellus Shale law could gag them from talking to their patients about chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process.

The Jefferson County Republican said the chemical disclosure provision of the law was pushed by environmental groups and replicates language used on the federal level for decades.

Smith released a statement a day after The Associated Press reported that some medical professionals are concerned because they will have to sign a confidentiality agreement in return for access to proprietary information on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Some doctors, including the president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, say the provision could have a chilling effect on research and on doctors' ability to diagnose and treat patients who have been exposed.

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