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PA State Senator to Propose Amendments to Act 13 Fracking Disclosure Requirements

Pennsylvania state Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery County) recently circulated a memorandum to state senators stating that he would re-introduce legislation in the 2013-2014 Regular Session to amend portions of Act 13 of 2012 that relate to disclosure of confidential hydraulic fracturing constituents to health professionals.  Act 13 contains provisions regarding when chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing and considered proprietary by an operator may be disclosed to health professionals and limiting the disclosures.  In his memorandum, Senator Leach stated that the provisions of Act 13 on this issue are “poorly drafted” and that his bill would provide “clarifying language” regarding circumstances when such information can be requested and disclosed by a health professional.