Triple Divide [REDACTED]
Exposes the mishandling and cover-up of drinking water contamination related to unconventional natural gas extraction — aka fracking — in Pennsylvania.
Directed by Joshua Pribanic, Melissa Troutman
Produced by Public Herald Studios
Writers: Joshua Pribanic, Melissa Troutman
Director of Photography: Joshua B. Pribanic
Editors: Joshua Pribanic, Melissa Troutman, Andrew Geller
Music: Nest, Evgeny Grinko, Lee Maddeford
Narrators: Melissa Troutman, Mark Ruffalo
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"Just-in-time education...to accurately assess all the real costs of shale gas to Pennsylvanians and...yes, all of us." Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Prof.Emeritus, Engineering, Cornell U
This award-winning "bombshell" documentary covers the impact of fracking in one of the country's most pristine watersheds. With exclusive interviews from oil and gas industry leaders, independent experts and impacted residents, TRIPLE DIVIDE [REDACTED] covers five years (2011 - 2016) of cradle-to-grave investigations that reveal how regulators and industry keep water contamination covered up.
The documentary's title pays homage to one of only four Triple Continental Divides in North America, a place that provides drinking water to millions of Americans, signaling to the audience that everything, and everyone, is downstream from shale gas extraction.
Award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo co-narrates this film by Public Herald, an investigative news nonprofit co-founded by journalists/directors Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman.
Grade Level: 5 - 12, College, Adults
US Release Date: 2017
Copyright Date: 2017
DVD ISBN: 1-941545-91-2
"Shows powerfully that the harms to drinking water continue, that regulation still does not perform its function, and that more of the same can be expected, short of strong political intervention at the state and federal levels. There are now only about 11,000 shale gas wells in Pennsylvania. At least 50,000 more are planned, so Triple Divide is just-in-time education, a warning, and, once again, a call to action to accurately assess all the real costs of shale gas to Pennsylvanians and everybody downstream of the triple divide - yes, all of us."
Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Professor Emeritus of Engineering, Cornell University, Founder and past President, Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy
"Triple Divide tells the powerful personal stories of people dealing with the terrible impacts of fracking on their drinking water resources - all backed up by thousands of pages of documents uncovered by the filmmakers."
Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food and Water Watch, Author, Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment
"Before watching Triple Divide, I was unaware of the Public Herald's extensive investigation into over 9,000 cases of potential water contamination from hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania. The film's fanciful artwork helps convey complex processes and geography in easy-to-grasp images. Especially revealing was the documentation of a drilling company's violation of the DEP rules in burying waste pits that may have contaminated a family's water source, and how the complaints about the well were not documented in the DEP file, essentially hidden from public agency records."
K.K. DuVivier, Professor of Law, University of Denver, Author, The Renewable Energy Reader and Energy Law Basics
"A timely cautionary documentary about the fracking industry in Pennsylvania. Clean water is the star of this film. The toxic impact of the fracking industry is the villain."
Julie Dermansky, DeSmog Blog
"Triple Divide gives you the round-up of shale gas and oil production as it plays out day-by-day in Pennsylvania's rural shale-patch communities. What sets it apart from other fracking documentaries is that it shows how we are all impacted by it - through our shared dependence on clean water. We all also share a responsibility to protect this precious resource and should demand the same accountability from our public and elected officials."
Dr. Tanja Srebotnjak, Director, Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design, Harvey Mudd College
"Dives deep into every issue surrounding natural gas drilling. Nothing in the film leaves one asking what, but instead wanting more...The film takes you on an emotionally-charged journey involving many characters, all who are impacted by natural gas drilling."
Amanda King, The Times
"This disturbing documentary uncovers the dangers of fracking in this Pennsylvania watershed...Footage is included from local and federal hearings, with commentary from gas-company spokespeople, environmental representatives, local citizens, and advocates who speak out for affected residents. Although the focus is local, this should find a wider audience among environmentalists and other concerned viewers."
Candace Smith, Booklist
"Timely...Rewarding and thought-provoking to those seeking more hard information about the fracking controversy."
"As educators and those concerned with our energy policy attempt to understand the options and the air, water, and climate change implications, viewing of this multi-award-winning film, Triple Divide, is a critical step in the process...offers the potential for discussions on values and the responsibility of government, private firms, and the need for technological improvements in our resource extraction."
Brian Day, Applied Environmental Education and Communication
"Paint[s] a picture of collusion between state regulators and the oil industry. The actual complaint documents and responses by DEP and industry are available on the film's website, substantiating these claims...Triple Divide [REDACTED] is recommended. It will be best used in a classroom setting to discuss fracking, environmentalism, and future energy usage."
Angela R. Davis, Educational Media Reviews Online
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* 5 bonus features:
PUBLIC HERALD Testimony to EPA [6 mins]
Widespread & Systemic [3 mins]
Data Goldmine [10 mins]
Bob Ging Interview [6 mins]
Kathryn Klaber Interview [3 mins]
Chesapeake Energy Interview (Audio) [49 mins]
* SDH Captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
* Scene Selection
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The Film's Website
Public Herald's Website
Awards and Festivals
People's Choice Award, Real to Reel Film Festival
Award of Merit, Accolade Global Film Competition
Runner Up, Audience Award, ReadingFilmFest
New York Film & TV Festival
Maryland International Film Festival
Erie International Film Festival
Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival
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