COLUMBUS — “A Morrow County nurse was among dozens of witnesses who lined up Monday to testify about their concerns with a bill that sets Ohio’s new regulations for horizontal shale drilling.
Mount Gilead resident Donna Carver addressed the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee.
…Carver, a nurse for 30 years, was especially concerned about a provision that prohibits medical professionals who learn proprietary chemical information about the wells from disclosing that information, outside of treating individual patients. The wording would prevent a doctor from alerting local health departments and first responders, she said.
The bill, ‘as written, gags doctors from notifying the health department of possible contamination and exposure of the public to these chemicals,’ Carver said. ‘This leaves no ability to track the source, thereby alleviating the gas and oil industry of responsibility.’”
— Linda Martz, Marion Star