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Doctors Prompt Court to Disclose Details of Fracking Settlement

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An appeal of an order by Judge Paul Pozonsky in the Court of Common Pleas for Washington County, Pennsylvania, has grown as researchers and physicians have joined the Child Health Advocacy Institute in requesting the disclosure of a settlement between several gas producers and a family that said fracking was threatening their health.

The lawsuit was filed by Chris and Stephanie Hallowich after the members of their family began to suffer burning eyes, sore throats, nosebleeds, and headaches after drillers began fracking on their property.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Observer-Reporter challenged the a ruling to seal the records, and a several groups, including the Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility and the environmental group Earthjustice filed a brief in support of the newspapers.

Jerome Paulson, medical director at the Child Health Advocacy Institute said, “We know that there are many chemicals used in the process of unconventional gas extraction. We do not know all of the chemicals that are intentionally used. Without this data and data about releases of chemicals to air and water, physicians and public health officials are in an untenable position when trying to help individuals who are ill.” disclaimer: This article: Doctors Prompt Court to Disclose Details of Fracking Settlement was posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 at 8:31 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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