Mansfield man testifies at fracking hearing – Who’s Bill Baker?.

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COLUMBUS — Doctors given new access to the proprietary chemical recipes that oil and gas drillers use to crack into Ohio shale would be prohibited from sharing the information with the public under an energy proposal moving through the Ohio House.

Environmentalists liken the restriction to a gag order on medical professionals. Drilling companies say it’s necessary to protect trade secrets.

On Tuesday, the Ohio State Medical Association, Ohio’s largest doctors’ group, said the wording of the provision could keep physicians from complying with mandates for public-health reporting.

“The OSMA strongly believes that physicians should have access to all of the relevant information needed to deliver high-quality medical care to their patients,” senior director of government relations Tim Maglione wrote in a letter to Public Utilities Chairman Peter Stautberg. “This information also needs to be shared with other medical providers who are contributing to caring for a patient.”

The association urged lawmakers to clarify the provision so chemical trade secrets can be shared with public health and regulatory agencies. Environmental groups testified earlier the wording could also prevent doctors from sharing chemical information with first responders to chemical spills at well sites.

Mansfield resident Bill Baker, of Frack Free Ohio, was among Ohioans testifying before the House on Tuesday.

“You may have made a decision to believe the assurances of the industry which they have put forth on a decades-long program of financial manipulation, environmental degradation and apparent disregard for every citizen’s right to clean air, fresh water and fertile soil,” he told House members.

“Having spent hundreds of hours in research, talking to experts, engaging members of the oil and gas industry, traveling to drill sites and seeing the neglected and forgotten wells of past decades and now the targeted sites of the impoverished farmlands, the depressed residential areas, public school grounds and our precious state parks, I am stating clearly for the record that the unconventional method of horizontal hydraulic fracturing is the worst threat that I have seen in recent years and needs strong regulation put in place and regulated by other entities besides the oil and gas industry and ODNR — neither of which has shown us that they put our welfare above money,” Baker said.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokesman Carlo LoParo said the legislation makes proprietary chemical information from drillers available to doctors for the first time. He said medical professionals responding today to a plant explosion or chemical spill would not receive as much information as will be made available from drillers.

Well operators are generally required under the bill to report the chemicals they are using in the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the high pressure drilling technique used to blast chemical laced water into shale formations to release oil and gas resources.

Chemical reports on file with the state list each chemical’s trade name, supplier, purpose, ingredients, identifying code, and percentage within the fracking fluid. In certain instances, the word “proprietary” is used in place of ingredients or an identifying code. The purpose and percentage are still listed.

Similar limits on medical professionals have become law in Pennsylvania and other drilling states. The rules are distinct from new chemical disclosure guidelines in the Ohio bill.

The Ohio legislative committee continued to debate the provision, part of a wide-ranging energy bill, on Tuesday.

A committee vote on the bill was expected to occur Wednesday.

Maglione said he was hopeful the committee would make the association’s proposed changes to the bill before it clears committee.

“Doctors are permitted to get that information, which is a good thing,” he said. “But the second provision says you can’t do anything else with it. So what we’re asking is for clarification.”

Courtesy of the Mansfield News Journal –

Written by
Julie Carr Smyth

Associated Press

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    Phil Sydnor · Top commenter · Public Scrutiny
    I agree Fred, soon those Occupy Mansfielders and Bill Baker groups will be here spewing their BS saying they speak for the 1% ers, and as you have seen when the 1%ers like you and I ask questions we are BANNED!. How is this fare and balanced dialogue?. They have one agenda, and that’s to oppress progress like every other liberal who wants NOTHING more for their people than a FREE RIDE!. We need jobs for ALL people, not entitlements – I would rather die working to be free than to recieve benefits and entitlements on the premise that these people will take care of us. Where are the occupiers when it comes to their powerful friends in politics who put fluoride in the water, don’t they think the long term effects are as DANGEROUS?. They must not read the FACTS on fluoride, or it’s just another piece of their agenda?. If you haven’t …read up on the dangers and you have City water, maybe you should here? – – Wake up people, these liberals are simply just trying to get us to go where we don’t wanna go!. I wonder IF the MNJ will share Mr Bakers credentials which depicts him as the sensei for the people on this matter?. In other words, where is his proof of the dangers, or are these all just hypothetical conclusions that are only in his and his law director friends minds?. If this can be a safe source of employment when regulated, then why chase away the jobs and the potential this has to get our kids back home?. We have been fighting in the desert for 30+ years now, it’s time we end it our dependancy on oil – peace!.

  10. buckeyesyd says:

    Fred Pursley · Top commenter · UHK (University of Hard Knocks)
    Folks, whenever you hear the term “environmentalist” , that usually means a Leftist agenda driven Democrat Progressive with a completely secular worldview , so much so, that is actually anti-Biblical. This usually means it is a partial truth , a misrepresentation of truth for agenda purposes. I would take it with a grain of salt and truly listen to the other side. That seems to be what the NJ and all the Leftist commentators do not want you to have. They will throw out the baby with the bath water instead of working with the fracking industry. No, they want their way or nothing. That is the way it is with the Leftists. Now I will turn it over to their shrill.

  11. buckeyesyd says:

    Robert L. Eichof”Drilling companies say it’s necessary to protect trade secrets.” Is the secret that they are willing to trade your health for profit?

    My response; Phil Sydnor · Top commenter · Public Scrutiny
    Is it worth trading our dead children fighting over oil?. This benefits far outweigh the risks, the future of America depends on this technology that will eventually lower the cost of electricity as well. Maybe folks need to get involved to find out what fracking means, and quit with all the rhetoric that comes from hypothetical reasoning!. Lets share some facts shall we?.

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