Corbett's Energy Executive Defends Impact Fee
In a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial, Governor Tom Corbett’s energy executive, Patrick Henderson, defends the new impact fee law against claims it undermines public health efforts.
“This is the most progressive hydraulic fracturing disclosure law in the nation,” Henderson writes, continuing:
It builds upon a national model adopted in Colorado — a law which was universally praised, even by groups as environmentally demanding as the Environmental Defense Fund. The law protects proprietary information from disclosure to the general public, but not from environmental or health officials.
Setting aside the fact that the hydraulic fracturing process itself has never been found to contaminate a water well, the new law explicitly requires this information be disclosed to medical professionals so that they may provide treatment should the need ever arise. Contrary to Dr. Goldstein and Ms. Kriesky’s claim, this enables medical professionals to meet their highest ethical obligations and to fully inform their patients.
As Dr. Goldstein and Ms. Kriesky know well, protecting our environment — the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land we live upon — is the very foundation of protecting public health. The two are inextricably linked. Pennsylvanians can rest assured that the new law protects both.