Sealing the court records contributes to a veil of secrecy that makes it impossible for doctors to assess the potential health risks of drilling, Jerome Paulson, medical director at the Washington-based Child Health Advocacy Institute, said today on a conference call. The institute and other physicians’ groups joined an appeal of a January order by Judge Paul Pozonsky in the Court of Common Pleas for Washington County that sealed the documents.
The case involves a family that sued Range Resources Corp. (RRC) and other companies after parents and children began suffering health symptoms they blamed on hydraulic fracturing for gas on their property, according to a brief filed by the environment group Earthjustice on behalf of the physicians. Last year the parties reached a confidential settlement.
Wow, what happens if the big bullies can’t keep their secrets?