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Investigative documentary about fracking in Pennsylvania, Triple Divide, April 8th through April 20th

posted Apr 14, 2013, 8:46 AM by Tyler Umstead   [ updated Jul 14, 2013, 2:26 PM by Rachael Huff ]
Investigative fracking documentary available April 8 thru 20


The filmmakers of Triple Divide, a new investigative documentary co-narrated by actor Mark Ruffalo, will host an Online Premiere between April 8th and 20th. For a $5 donation, online users can watch the film for 48 hours at rent.tripledividefilm.org. This 18-month, cradle-to-grave investigation by Public Herald, an investigative news nonprofit co-founded by journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman, features uncovered state documents, never before seen interviews with industry giants and advocates, exclusive reports with impacted landowners, and expert testimonies.


With stunning cinematography, the film reveals how state regulators are using compliance as a means of “regulating” without enforcing the law, abandoning the public and environment in the wake of shale gas development.


Triple Divide’s title represents one of only four Triple Continental Divides in North America, a place that provides drinking water to millions of Americans and feeds rivers that reach three separate sides of the continent. It signals to the audience that everything, and everyone, is downstream from shale gas extraction.


Organizations United for The Environment call it the “best documentary on fracking, ever!” Writer Elizabeth Hoffman said, “Troutman and Pribanic document several cases of people sickened by fracking...violations with no consequences...drillers proceeding without authorization...drillers with violations nevertheless getting new permits...[and] scientists raising serious questions about the whole mess.”


Judy Bear, a water well driller and the first female director of Pennsylvania Groundwater Association, provides her insight in Triple Divide and asks what should concern every citizen: “Who is protecting the residents of this state if our own state is not                                                                              willing to do it?”