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Thursday, April 17, 2014

$35K Awarded To Journalists To Tour Marcellus Shale Fracking Documentary

$35K Awarded To Journalists To Tour Marcellus Shale Fracking Documentary

PENNSYLVANIA — Investigative news nonprofit Public Herald has won $35,000 to tour its investigative documentary Triple Divide about fracking in the Marcellus Shale across the United States.

Public Herald is one of eight winners in the first round of INNovation Fund grants awarded by the Investigative News Network (INN) with funds from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The INNovation Fund has chosen Public Herald and others “to undertake innovative projects that will bring their organization closer to financial sustainability.”

"We are thrilled to be awarded this grant," said Public Herald co-founder Joshua Pribanic. "We're also very grateful to the public who got us here. So far we've been able to do our work because of them."

Public Herald’s tour will demonstrate how documentary can inform and engage new audiences and members. "We publish online but have spent a lot of time in front of real audiences with Triple Divide, and when people see our work they want to support the kind of reporting we do," said co-founder Melissa Troutman.

Edinboro Film Series hosts Triple Divide at Edinboro University
Narrated with help from Academy-award nominated actor Mark Ruffalo, Triple Divide is Public Herald's first feature-length documentary, the culmination of nearly two years of reporting. Thanks to the INNovation Fund, Pribanic and Troutman, who co-wrote, directed, edited and produced Triple Divide, will now reach new communities across the country.

"Our investigations cover cradle-to-grave impacts not covered anywhere else, such as the predrill water testing problem and pressure bulb effect of fracking," said Pribanic. "This information is crucial for areas where fracking is ongoing or just getting started."

In addition to the documentary, audiences will be introduced to Public Herald's #fileroom transparency project at, working to create an online database of oil and gas files.

Journalists and Public Herald co-founders Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman high-five in celebration of their INNovation Fund award to tour their investigative documentary Triple Divide across the country.
"We also plan to tour the country in an electric vehicle," said Troutman. "Our aim is to expose both online and 'offline' audiences to the culture and sustainability of emerging transportation and energy technology."

Public Herald is now accepting tour stop proposals from groups and individuals across the country who want to screen Triple Divide. To add your state, email and See video clips and tour dates at

Triple Divide is set in the watersheds of the triple continental divide in northern Pennsylvania, one of only four in all of North America. Public Herald thanks Mountain Watershed Association for fiscally sponsoring the U.S. tour project and empowering communities through watershed awareness, advocacy and restoration.
You can follow the tour by tuning in on Twitter @PublicHerald and #TripleDivide. Read more about the winning projects at


Anonymous said...

How do you think the electricity is generated for your vehicle you will be touring with?

I would love to hear your solution for eliminating fossil fuels. i am sure you are like all of the other radical environmentalists. Bitch about the problem but offer no solutions.

Anonymous said...

Ah, call them a name and feel good about yourself.

Anonymous said...

I would be jumping to if i got a free ride to travel! And some say you can't make money off the gas industry. These two don't work for or even want the drilling and are making a huge all expense paid living from it! Funny thing is doesn't Miss Troutman come from a drilling family?

Anonymous said...

Who is her Family?

Anonymous said...

And to think people call our rural folk ignorant!

What fine tapestries you weave with your subtle rhetoric and sound arguments.

And in no way is it illogically defensive.

The fine people of our area are never quick to take affront to critical thinking and the challenging of preconceptions. No sir!

"you have a car? so stop asking questions about local industrial impact! this makes great sense in my head."

"why don't you offer up some solutions that i can quickly discard and laugh at ignorantly?"

"by the way, something something her family."

"radical communist mooselim socialists usurper leftists! their all the same, bitch bitch bitch and hating 'Muricah"

Anonymous said...

Electric Vehicles are a huge step involved in getting rid of dependency on fossil fuels. They do pull power from the grid but there are ways to power the grid from clean energy sources for a reasonable cost.

There are many people on the planet doing different things, there is no reason the world can't work on more than one problem at a time. Renewable energy produced 12.2% of grid power 2012 (source

Renewable energy is still a little more expensive but not prohibitively so. Multiple energy companies offer the option to pay extra for renewable energy and the difference is often only about 2 or 3 cents per kWh extra on top of the normal rate of about 15 cents/kWh. Some of those programs can be found here:

The sooner we start using plug-in hybrids and EV the sooner we can stop throwing money at the middle east. We may be hill people around here but who do you think fights wars? Rural United States makes up about 19% of the US population and 44% of the Military. Major cities only represent about 14% of the military. (source: