Doctor's Challenge To Pa. Fracking Gag Rule Gets Nixed

By Matt Fair (July 1, 2014, 3:08 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday shot down a complaint challenging the state's so-called medical gag rule requiring doctors to agree not to share the makeup of fluids used during hydraulic fracturing when treating patients for chemical exposure.

U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo ruled that physician Alfonso Rodriguez's allegations that onerous confidentiality requirements under the law, known as Act 13, had forced him to forgo seeking critical information from gas drillers about their fracking fluids were too vague to allow the case to move forward.

"Plaintiff has failed to allege that he has not been able to practice medicine adequately...

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