Doctor not allowed to warn patients of hazardous fracking chemicals, federal judge rules

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NaturalNews) Recently, a small town Pennsylvania doctor was denied the right of  access to information about specific chemical types and quantities used in  fracking to better handle poisoned patients or warn them of the toxic potentials  from fracking well sites near them.
Although the gas and oil fracking  industry does reveal general chemical ingredients on a public registry  site, fracfocus.org, that appears to be industry-friendly, the industry  reserves the right to keep exact recipes on specific wells undisclosed to  protect “trade secrets.”
This is the same claim that Monsanto uses to  hide the exact ingredients in their herbicide Roundup, thus prohibiting specific  analysis from being done by outside sources. And the industry continually uses  government to enforce their demands with enforceable laws.
Dr. Alfonso  Rodriguez of Dallas, Pennsylvania, petitioned the court to grant him access as  needed to information about chemicals used at wells in the area in order to help  his patients. Dallas, Pennsylvania, is a small town in probably the most fracked  area of the Northeastern USA.
One of his patients was devastated by  toxins from a nearby site, and he has treated several others affected by  pollutants from fracking.
That’s what motivated Dr.Rodriguez to legally  penetrate statewide legislation that enforces a gag order on medical  professionals which keeps them from revealing specific fracking chemical  components to their patients.
Dr. Rodriquez’s suit against the state’s  officials was dismissed by Federal District Judge Richard Caputo, who simply  honored Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission head Robert Powelson’s request  for dismissal.
Whether you think the doctor’s claim to disclose fracking  chemicals to patients is righteous or bogus is not the point. The point is  that government cooperates with and protects large corporations. That’s not  socialism, that’s fascism, according to the father of fascism, Benito  Mussolini.

Explaining fracking

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is usually done  in the northeastern states to get at natural gas deposits and in the  southwestern states for oil that couldn’t be accessed by normal  drilling.
The energy industry claims that America has a lot of both to be  recovered with the latest advances in hydro-fracturing technology.
The  term “frack” was derived from the gas and oil industry’s abbreviation of  fracturing, “frac,” which is the process of hydraulic fracturing deep shale rock  to free natural gas and oil deposits.
It’s not a new process, but it’s  been been recently “improved” with deeper access, up to 10,000 feet down, and  horizontal drilling/piping that can extend a mile or more at that depth.  Here’s a graphic illustration (http://illinoisissues.uis.edu).
The industry claims  that the process is too deep to affect ground water. But the amount of water  shipped in for the process to one well can exceed a million gallons. Once used  with its toxic chemical mixture, that water is wasted  completely.
But some of it goes on the ground nearby and into nearby  creeks or ponds, permanently ruining that water, as well as emitting toxic and  carcinogenic fumes into the atmosphere.
Independent research has also  isolated air pollution near fracking sites that exceed  EPA limits five fold. Metropolitan areas in Texas that are surrounded by  fracking fields have experienced greatly exacerbated air pollution problems ever  since fracking was increased in those areas.
A rural Pennsylvania  resident was offered over $200,000 by an energy fracking group to lease a  portion of his land, which he ultimately refused.
His curiosity about the  procedure led to him producing the video documentary Gasland, in which he  documented fracked ranchers’, land owners’ and nearby residents’ horror stories  as well as state governments’ tendencies to protect the oil and gas industry’s  fracking endeavors.
A more recent documentary, FrackNation, is  challenging the veracity of Gasland. There’s something very suspicious  about the FrackNation production crew.
Suggestion: Ignore  that controversy and get the straight story from a retired EPA  scientist/whistleblower with this live videotaped lecture (http://www.youtube.com).
Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/042807_fracking_chemicals_gag_order_doctors.html#ixzz2kBJWBDnH