For PA’s Doctors, a Gag Order on Fracking Chemicals

A new provision could forbid the state’s doctors from sharing information with patients exposed to toxic fracking solutions.

Under a new law, doctors in Pennsylvania can access information about chemicals used in natural gas extraction—but they won’t be able to share it with their patients. A provision buried in a law passed last month is drawing scrutiny from the public health and environmental community, who argue that it will “gag” doctors who want to raise concerns related to oil and gas extraction with the people they treat and the general public.

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