Doctors Press Court to Release Records in Gas Fracking Case
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.
In Fracking Secrecy Court Case, Newspapers Get Support From Doctors, Scientists, Advocates
Wow, what happens if the big bullies can’t keep their secrets?
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Mike Knapp says
It’s only secret because BOTH parties, including Stephanie Hallowich, agreed to those terms.
What’s not secret, however, is the result of the DEP inquiry into the alleged water contamination, where they address her concerns and find them to be unsubstantiated.
Mike, you must not have much work to do. We all know how non disclosure agreements work.
Choice A. Stay here and watch your children’s health deteriorate.
Choice B. Take this check and get your children out of harm’s way but you can never again talk about our dirty deeds and all the scientific testing results, doctor’s records and evidence is hidden away forever.
So unless you have some specific knowledge about this particular case and what is being hidden, (IED doesn’t count) your comments are meaningless.
Fracking Crazy says
I have a box full of data that will not be signed over to a non disclosure agreement. I have health that has forever been impacted by Gas. I have a relationship that is on the brink of collapse, because I can no longer live in my home. I have a lot of sadness in my heart because I miss my home. I have a home I can not sell, that I am waiting for the contaminated water of the North Texas Trinity Aquifer to ruin my copper pipes.
Forever sick, that’s what I have.
A big cyber hug to you! This industry is tearing families apart everywhere. I’ve seen it happen over and over. Hang in there. Maybe some medical people will talk to you.
Fracking Crazy says
Those mystery non cancerous skin lesions still plague me.
I wish I knew how long those will last.
Yesterday, I noticed some of the oldest ones, from when I was still living in the gas patch are changing again, like a gray-ish opaque look.
The crazy shit that happens in the gas patch.
Tim Ruggiero says
The DEP? Seriously? Once again, Mike, I don’t think you’re paying very close attention, so I’ll repeat it one more time for you: Get on the DEP website yourself, compile all the complaints (this time outside and including when John Hangar was in office) then total up the amount of complaints and the total amount of violations. Then we can talk about the DEP.
As far as the Hallowich’s are concerned, and their case, I have been to their home, or rather their now former home, while you have not. I’ve seen plenty of evidence, videos, testing data and more to know that her family, especially her kids, were treated brutally by Range Resources. Range Resources, after a lengthy lawsuit, did what they always do, and is standard Industry wide-wait it out, maybe the homeowner will either get sick and die or they’ll move away. When the homeowner stays the course, and fights them tooth and nail the entire time, and has a great amount of evidence to support their claims, Range Resources decided to write check. We know there’s a non-disclosure agreement in place by the simple fact that Stephanie Hallowich cannot comment at all about the lawsuit, Range Resources AND, she had to resign from her Director position with Shaletest, that pesky little non-profit organization that’s pissing off drillers everywhere. Anyone, including you would know that the Hallowich’s didn’t just suddenly decide to walk away from their $400K home and take loss, then decide to not talk about it at all.
The other reason we know there’s a NDA in place is because Range Resources violated the damn thing. Their arrogance is appalling to say the least.They couldn’t leave well enough alone, and now Range Resources is back in court being sued for a 2nd time by the Hallowich’s. Wonder how much the 2nd check from Range is going to be. You might be able to connect the dots, now:
David Poole, Southlake resident and arrogant idiot and David Poole, General Counsel and arrogant idiot of Range Resources.
what happens if the big bullies can’t keep their secrets?
WHAT HAPPENS ……secret sauce shows up in drinking water, in mammals that live around wells, and surface spills!
That already happened with MTBE when it was used in gasoline. Oil companies pushed it as an oxygenate, and a octane booster, but they also knew early on that it polluted ground water very easily. It was hard to blame other activities on spreading MTBE, since it was used so rarely in other fields. Oops.
What ever happened to the idea of using distinctive marking chemicals while fracking, so we can see if it’s messing up ground water? A quick way to prove or disprove.
Fracking Crazy says
I have information on that in North Texas, XTO refused to put a marker in the water. That’s what my water GM told me in a meeting over water contaminated with 2-BE
There have been many, many shale gas bills introduced in our Texas legislature for several years. And the one you mention:
Texas Senate Bill 772
Thank you Senator Wendy Davis. This was a smart and sensible bill that never made it out of committee. If you click on the “Bill Stages” tab at that link, you can see it was introduced, but that was its final resting place. Republicans (and even Democrats) won’t sign on to these shale gas bills…and therein lies the problem.