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North Carolina GOP Pushes Unprecedented Bill to Jail Anyone Who Discloses Fracking Chemicals

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Thank you for posting this. I hope my readers will share this with North Carolina voters who can contact their representatives to oppose it. This is the height of corruption when laws are blatantly made to protect corporations interests at the expense of citizens rights and freedoms.

Piedmont Earth First!

by Molly Redden /Mother Jones

Chris Carlson/AP

As hydraulic fracturing ramps up around the country, so do concerns about its health impacts. These concerns have led 20 states to require the disclosure of industrial chemicals used in the fracking process.

North Carolina isn’t on that list of states yet—and it may be hurtling in the opposite direction.

On Thursday, three Republican state senators introduced a bill that would slap a felony charge on individuals who disclosed confidential information about fracking chemicals. The bill, whose sponsors include a member of Republican party leadership, establishes procedures for fire chiefs and health care providers to obtain chemical information during emergencies. But as the trade publication Energywirenoted Friday, individuals who leak information outside of emergency settings could be penalized with fines and several months in prison.

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