The bill introduced in the General Assembly by Senator Mike Skindell and Representative Bob Hagan would allow doctors, first responders, emergency agencies, and the local emergency planning commission in each county to obtain the needed information on all chemicals located at an oil or gas well.
Currently, Ohio law requires oil and gas drillers to only provide chemical information to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Teresa Mills with the Buckeye Forest Council says it’s the local emergency planners, firefighters and haz-mat crews that need the information, so they know how to safely respond to a spill, fire or explosion.
According to Ohio Citizen Action, more than seven-thousand residents have written letters or called lawmakers in support of the Fracking Emergency Medical Right to Know Act. Mills says it’s a critical matter for the public health.
Besides the many chemicals used during the injection process, Mills says there are also chemicals that come back out of the ground that are toxic as well.
Some of those chemicals are linked to rapid pulse, anemia and nervous system damage.