CHAGRIN FALLS — House District 6 candidate Anthony Fossaceca today pledged his support for H.B. 596, the medical right-to-know bill, if he is elected on November 6. District 6 includes the eastern suburbs of Cuyahoga County.
H.B. 596, introduced earlier this month by Rep. Bob Hagan (Youngstown), would fix the medical right-to-know and ‘gag-order’ provisions of Ohio’s new hydraulic fracturing law. That measure contained provisions allowing drilling companies to hide chemical information from doctors, nurses, emergency responders, medical technologists, and medical researchers. It also put a gag order on medical professionals who do obtain this chemical information.
On fracking, Fossaceca writes [EMBED: http://www.callmefoss.com ] –
“I currently support a moratorium on fracking until we have overwhelming evidence proving we can drill safely. We must take a long term view on this issue. Mistakes can have devastating and lasting effects on our environment—especially our fresh water supply. This why I also support H.B. 596, a bill which would require oil and gas companies to disclose the chemical mixture used in their fracking solution to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources prior to drilling. It would also give medical professionals and first responders immediate access to this information when public safety is at risk (from accidents, etc.)”
Fossaceca’s opponent, State Rep. Marlene Anielski, voted for the defective hydraulic fracturing law last May and has not co-sponsored H.B. 596 to fix it.
— Melissa K. English, Development Director, Ohio Citizen Action