Simona Perry, an applied anthropologist has been collecting data on rural families living amid Pennsylvania's gas boom since 2009. Families told her that they could not share their experiences due to nondisclosure agreements with the gas companies. Families suffering from headaches, nosebleeds, burning eyes and sore throats as drilling operations expanded on their land and in their neighborhood are not able to tell their neighbors. Regulations prevent doctors and researchers from gathering the data they need to analyze the health and environmental impacts of fracking, and the nondisclosure agreements silence whole communities living near the rigs.
Chemicals used in fracking fluid and their concentrations are often exempt from disclosure because they are considered trade secrets. Other exemptions buried in state and federal law allow drillers to avoid disclosing contents of fracking fluids returning from deep underground.
Read Truthout reporter Mike Ludwig's article: "Silencing Communities: How the Fracking Industry Keeps Its Secrets" or listen to his 10 minute interview on fracking in Ohio and Pennsylvania with Mike Papantonio on Ring of Fire Radio: "The Fracking Industry's Dirty Secrets."