PA GOP Wants to Put a Natural Gas Company Between You and Your Doctor

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Randy LoBasso says the Republicans’ fracking bill tries to gag doctors from telling you whether you’re being poisoned by fracking chemicals:

A new report on Act 13, the Pennsylvania Impact Fee, says that a little known provision would allow doctors to request information on fracking health hazards from the state, but would not allow them to share that information with anyone — including their patients.

The report, featured in both Mother Jones and The Atlantic, notes Pennsylvania must disclose “the identity and amount of any chemicals used in fracking fluids to any health professional that requests that information in order to diagnosis or treat a patient that may have been exposed to a hazardous chemical,” but after that, it’s all, Trust me, I’m a doctor.

Senator Daylin Leach of Montgomery County is quoted in the piece, as well, noting that provision was not debated and added during conference between the two chambers of the Legislature.

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