Triple Divide: Fracking Documentary
Public Herald investigative journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman will be in Portlnad to screen their debut documentary, Triple Divide.
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.”
Hosted by Alliance for Democracy, Economic Justice Action Group of the First Unitarian Church, Sierra Club, Columbia Riverkeeper w/ filmmakers