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Saturday, April 14, 2012

PA Marcellus/Utica Impact Law Chemical Disclosure Requirement One of Strongest in Nation, Speaker Says

PA Marcellus/Utica Impact Law Chemical Disclosure Requirement One of Strongest in Nation, Speaker Says

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Jefferson County – Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Punxsutawney) released the following statement regarding the misinformation being perpetuated by some special interests regarding the chemical disclosure language in one paragraph of Act 13, the Marcellus/Utica Shale Impact law:

“Doctors will be able to provide all of the information needed to discuss any patient ailment.

“It is outrageous to think, let alone for anyone to portray, that the state would actually ‘gag’ a doctor in treating a patient. It is irresponsible for an organization to try and create such hysteria.

“The language in the Marcellus/Utica law was advocated by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

“The new law explicitly requires fracking chemical information be disclosed to medical professionals so that they may provide treatment should the need ever arise. This will enable medical professionals to meet their highest ethical obligations and to fully inform their patients.

“The law was modeled on language used in Colorado, which was praised by public health care officials and others. The language replicates the same process already in place for the same purpose and has existed for decades in the federal Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) and the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).

“We thought this was a good, proactive approach. Now Pennsylvania has the most progressive hydraulic fracturing disclosure law in the nation. It is designed for transparency and access, and it provides unfettered access to physicians or other medical professionals who need information to treat their patients.

“The law protects proprietary information from disclosure to the general public, but not from environmental or health officials.

“In fact, any citizen can access chemical information, along with the concentrations at which the chemicals are used on a well-by-well basis, through FracFocus.org.

“Act 13, the Marcellus/Utica Impact Law, was crafted to protect our environment -- the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land we live upon.”


Anonymous said...

That's all well and good.

How about me (the citizen, the taxpayer) being told what chemicals are dumped into our earth?

I won't hold my breath. I know the answer. If there wasn't reason to hide it from the public, they wouldn't be hiding it period.

Look at all the legalese they feed their PR through to lie to you.

"Conservatives"? My ass. I'll be dead before I vote for another Republican in this state. I see who they work for, AND who they lie for.

Remember the lie. 'Act 13 protects your environment by keeping secrets from you.'

What's the old line? If you have nothing to fear, you have nothing to hide?

Am I Dead Yet? said...

Gag order or not, you can't find out what is going to kill you until you are almost dead.

I thought the state was pro-preventative in medical care of the people. We hear, exercise, watch what you eat, diet, don't smoke, don't drink too much. Doesn't knowing what may kill us count?

Anonymous said...

2:42 You are an idiot. Yours is the typical eco terrorist view that the gas industry is trying to hide everything. That is the only thing you can run on and far from the truth. You tree huggers hate the gas industry because it is providing a clean fossil fuel at a cheap price and you guys can't stand that. Cheap NG overshadows expensive algae, solar and wind derived energy.
Your friends at the B.H. Obama EPA have faced multiple setbacks recently. They have withdrawn 3 lawsuits alleging ground water contamination by fraccing. I guess they haven't found the smoking gun they just knew had to be there...LOL. I can just hear the teeth grinding in the EPA office. Those gas companies should counter sue the EPA for all the time and effort spent proving something that was never there in the first place. You guys need to focus on something that really polutes the air, streams and ground water, coal mining, septic tanks and garbage dumps.

sandy said...

12:15 shame on you with the name calling....last I knew everyone was intitled to their own opinion. every one expresses there own belief's and opinion's doesn't mean we all agree with what one expresses but that is our opinion and just because you don't agree with poster 2:42 does not make them any less intellegient than you are.Nice thing about this blog....we all get to express our own opinion's liked or not !(without the name calling or degrading)gotta love the USA

Anonymous said...

12:15 I'm guessing they're not drilling on or near your property. Let me serve you up a nice glass of cleaned up frac water.
P.S. There's nothing "clean" about getting NG out of the ground. Do some research.