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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Triple Divide: Fracking Documentary Premieres in Coudersport On March 9

Triple Divide: Fracking Documentary Premieres

Public Herald investigative journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman announce the official World Premiere of their debut documentary, Triple Divide, Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the historic Coudersport Theatre, 11 North Main Street, downtown Coudersport, Pennsylvania.

Triple Divide deconstructs the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) handling of shale gas development. Touted as a modern day gold rush for landowners, the controversial technology of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) shatters shale formations to release trapped fossil fuel resources.

Pribanic and Troutman take audiences on a cradle-to-grave journey to uncover how DEP and industry have handled violations within Pennsylvania’s highest classified watersheds, what happened in the 2011 Bradford County Blowout, water contamination complaints, health issues, and the split-estate landowner dispute.

After being accosted by contractors for Seneca Resources in Tioga State Forest during production of the film — an event shared in the chapter “Ecoterrorism” — Troutman knows all too well how contentious the issue of fracking is. “Americans have been told from the beginning of this boom, which has already been a bust for many, that there will be ‘winners’ and ‘losers.’ I firmly believe that whether ‘winner’ or ‘loser,’ everyone is entitled to the same fundamental rights of ‘Liberty and Justice, for All.’ When it comes to shale gas extraction and development, that’s not happening.”

“Of the five films I have seen on fracking (Split Estate, Gasland, Promised Land, Fracknation, Triple Divide) this one is the best at showing a slice of the all-too-real and desperate situation as it relates to water and fracking,” said Robert Donnan, who took part in a Pittsburgh test-screening in February.

Triple Divide recently found a friend in Hollywood when critically-acclaimed actor Mark Ruffalo joined Troutman as co-narrator. Its name comes from Pennsylvania's triple continental divide, one of only four in North America, giving birth to the Allegheny and Genesee Rivers, as well as Pine Creek which becomes the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. These three rivers flow to three separate sides of the continent: north to Lake Ontario, southeast to the Chesapeake Bay, and south west to the Gulf of Mexico.
For Triple Divide, everything is downstream.

The film was shot and edited by Pribanic in his first feature length project. “Triple Divide is a clear example of how investigative reporting can unlock the moral deficiencies of an industry shrouded by the state. It’s a film to let the public know we are out there, ready and willing to tell the truth, to tell their story.”
Pribanic also points to the need for public accountability, quoting a shocking string of untold stories in the shale fields of PA. “I’ve been in conversations where parents without health insurance are experiencing water contamination after fracking and forced to ‘doctor up’ un-drinkable water using Kool-Aid for the children or coffee for adults. It’s criminal.”

The Premiere of Triple Divide begins at 2:00 PM sharp. Both filmmakers, who also co-founded the investigative news non-profit Public Herald, will present the film and conclude at 4:00 PM after discussion. From there attendees are encouraged to enjoy dinner at one of several nearby restaurants and then a special live performance at The Crittenden Hotel at 7:30 PM.

Suggested donations at the doors. For clips of the film and more, visit, and go to the Video page. Also, follow PH’s Twitter, or Facebook to stay informed about Triple Divide — and #TripleDivide for reference on twitter.


Anonymous said...

Get out of here. They have been drilling and fracking for a long time now. This state needs these jobs more then ever right now. Lets see you go with out gas in your vehicle and house for a year. Who would give there kids poisonous water with kool-aid? If you really care about the impact that drilling has in this area, work with the companies to improve on what they are doing instead of slamming them. Oh, and how did you get from place go place to film this? Horse and buggy?

Anonymous said...

Hello! This is not about gasoline it is about natural gas. They are not talking about conventional shallow drilling. They are talking about the UNCONVENTIONAL extraction of gas from the deep shale formations which HAS NOT been around a long time. There have been hundreds of documented cases across the country with this type of drilling concerning contaminating water supplies, air pollution, methane migration, exposure to radioactive materials, health effects especially near compressor stations, no where to safely dispose of the contaminated flow back water and on and on. A job is not the most important thing if you lose your quality of life.

Anonymous said...

I agree - not interested nor will I ever be. If it weren't for fracking, we wouldn't have income in our are few and far between around here as it is - why ruin what jobs there are.

Anonymous said...

12:33 I worked on a fracking job at over 5000 ft 30 years ago in the wharton area! yes it has been around a long time!

Anonymous said...

What a waste of time and effort. Nothing is going to change. We need this industry and it is here to stay. Educate yourselves and like the poster above stated, work with these companies instead of against them.

Anonymous said...

“If ignorance is bliss, there should be more happy people.” - Victor Cousin

Anonymous said...

You fracking lovers realize that a paycheck doesn't matter when your dead.I'm so happy that investigative journalism still exists in this country.Can't wait to go to this movie.Just worried it will be standing room only!Congrats and great job Melissa!Don't ever let the gas heads scare or intimadate you.Some of us with common sense understand the danger and devastation this causes to communities.Simple question to ask yourself!Is money worth our water being polluted or family getting sick?

Anonymous said...

Watch the film before passing judgement. After all, these are stories from your own neighbors. You are likely to know more than a few people n this film.

Afterwards, you can tell your neighbors, to their faces, how your income requirements, trumps their right to Commonwealth Constitutionally guaranteed clean air and water.

Anonymous said...

The culture of jobs and money over quality of life and living is a sickness in our country. People willing to sacrifice the beauty of what we have here in North Central Pennsylvania, and risk the life blood water supply for a huge region are really not looking at the big picture, only their short term financial needs. The city of Pittsburgh is already finding radioactice traces in the water supplies coming off of the Allegheny water shed. It's only a matter of time until it becomes more evident and widespread throughout the region, if precautions aren't made. I prefer my water radiation free thanks.

Anonymous said...

Check with your sewage treatment plant, people doing chemo all do it around the same time. They have radioactive material it their poop which goes to the treatment plant. Should we quit letting people do chemo and stopping cancer cause it goes to the treatment plant and gets blasted into the river?

ashley said...

My husband has been in the oil & gas industry since 2006. If everything is so bad like everyone claims why isnt he sick ? It's bc it's bs and you just want to find something to bitch about. If it wasn't for the Oil & gas industry my family wouldnt be able to afford to put food on our table. We would be on welfare like the rest of them. Find something else to whine about bc that industry isn't going anywhere.

Anonymous said...

The best part of waking up is cancer in your cup :)

Anonymous said...

Like I said, watch the movie before passing judgement. These are the stories of your own neighbor's experiences. many of whom were also supportive of this industry when it first came to the area.

Anonymous said...

Drill for gas - but wisely.

Get electedasPresident - but honestly.

Tell us what may kill us - we won't drill our own well in our back yard. (However, if we used the same stuff, we'd be shut down and in Fed Prison.)

unanimous said...

Drill baby drill.. and grace till death do us part!!!!!! May I ask if u have natural gas in it house? If so shut your mouths people and u all are just jealous because it not reaping the benefits of the royalty checks...

unanimous said...

Drill baby drill and frac till death do us part....

coho said...

All I can say is Im glad the drillers are comeing back into the area.. Drilling a new well close by me right now, re-drilling another one, and surveying for another pad just down the road. My restaurant was BOOMING when they came first. They are good people, spend lots of money and tip very well < the waitresses love them, . Business is starting to pick-up again and I think its going to get better. Plus I need a new truck.