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    PA Dept of Health Workers Not Allowed to Discuss Fracking

    A Year into the Corbett Administraton, workers were given a list of buzzwords they were not to return phone calls about:

    One veteran employee says she was instructed not to return phone calls from residents who expressed health concerns about natural gas development.

    “We were absolutely not allowed to talk to them,” said Tammi Stuck, who worked as a community health nurse in Fayette County for nearly 36 years.

    Another retired employee, Marshall P. Deasy III, confirmed that.

    Deasy, a former program specialist with the Bureau of Epidemiology, said the department also began requiring field staff to get permission to attend any meetings outside the department. This happened, he said, after an agency consultant made comments about drilling at a community meeting.

    Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/a...mITjylq0qlC.99
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    State Confirms the buzzword list but claims it was so employees speak "with one voice":

    On February 24, 2012, the Bureau of Health Planning and Assessment sent an email to eight bureau directors and the deputy secretary.

    “Please share the following email with all staff as a reminder,” it said.

    The email instructed employees to call the Bureau of Epidemiology with complaints about “possible cancer clusters, health concerns related to natural gas drilling, and other types of environmental hazards” from citizens, legislators, healthcare professionals, or public employees.

    It also includes a list of 19 words and phrases that may be used in these complaints including “hair falling out,” “skin rash,” superfund site, drilling, fracking and Marcellus Shale. You can read the email with the list by clicking here.

    Tammi Stuck, a retired community health nurse in Fayette County, told StateImpact Pennsylvania she remembered that her supervisor – after distributing what Stuck called the list of “buzzwords” – told employees not to return calls on these topics.
    As of 7/7/2014 there is no evidence that anyone from the state ever returned the phone calls.

    Pennsylvania, let us not forget, is the same state where lawmakers enacted and Gov. Corbett signed the nation's only physician gag rule -- barring doctors from publicly disclosing what they may have learned about a patient's exposure to fracking chemicals -- within months of this email that seemingly gagged the health department workers.
    During these three years, the natural gas drilling boom in the Marcellus Shale has been met with citizens complaining of headaches, nausea, rashes, and of ailing pets and livestock because they live near fracking rigs.
    Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/a...mITjylq0qlC.99
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    Our rulers need their cheap energy and little old us isn't going to get in the way. So we get health problems, are they supposed to care? Gas futures went up. Jobs were had.

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    And Ohio is to blame
    I promise I won't do it again

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    As long as they don't live downwind from a wind farm.
    "What's so funny about peace , love and understanding?" - Elvis Costello

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    The gas-drilling industry has said that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is safe and that there is no evidence of serious health problems from it.

    In 2011, an advisory commission recommended the state create a public health registry to track drilling-related complaints and address concerns. The state House approved $2 million for such a registry, but Senate GOP leaders and the governor's office cut the funding at the last minute.
    of course they did!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raid View Post
    And Ohio is to blame
    Do you just write random words now, or does that mean something?
    I've got binders full of women
    and a one point plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayClay View Post
    Do you just write random words now, or does that mean something?
    now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayClay View Post
    Do you just write random words now, or does that mean something?
    No, I blame Ohio for all environmental issues.

    How about your random words?
    I promise I won't do it again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raid View Post
    No, I blame Ohio for all environmental issues.

    How about your random words?
    You just like it because it's hi in the middle and oo at the ends.
    I've got binders full of women
    and a one point plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayClay View Post
    You just like it because it's hi in the middle and oo at the ends.
    I promise I won't do it again

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