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Pennsylvania Fracking Law: If a doctor thinks an illness is fracking-related, he/she is forbidden from talking to the patient or other doctors about it

And the public at large of course. “Non-disclosure agreement.” According to this report anyway.

… If a company does release information about what is used, health care professionals are bound by a non-disclosure agreement that not only forbids them from warning the community of water and air pollution that may be caused by fracking, but which also forbids them from telling their own patients what the physician believes may have led to their health problems. A strict interpretation of the law would also forbid general practitioners and family practice physicians who sign the non-disclosure agreement and learn the contents of the “trade secrets” from notifying a specialist about the chemicals or compounds, thus delaying medical treatment.

The clauses are buried on pages 98 and 99 of the 174-page bill, which was initiated and passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly and signed into law in February by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

via Fracking: Pennsylvania Gags Physicians | Truthout.



Chevron, Transocean Managers Banned From Leaving Brazil

Seventeen Chevron Corp. (CVX) and Transocean Ltd. executives were banned from leaving Brazil pending an investigation into an offshore oil spill.

The order was signed by a federal judge last week as part of the probe into the 3,000-barrel slick off Rio de Janeiro in November, Marcelo del Negri, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s office, said in a telephone interview yesterday. Transocean owned the rig involved in the spill.

via Chevron, Transocean Managers Banned From Leaving Brazil – Bloomberg.



Bike of the Day: Independent Fabrication titanium 29er

This I.F. Deluxe belongs to my old Sunnyside neighbor Josh. If this beauty doesn’t get you hankerin’ for a hunk of trail, you may have a serious disorder of the hankerin’ system.