Triple Divide is said to be the only documentary of its kind on the controversial subject of fracking capable of speaking to all sides, with exclusive interviews from the industry, experts, and Americans suffering in the wake of shale gas development. “It’s the best movie on fracking to date [using] facts, not fiction or spin” wrote Pennsylvania resident, Robert Donnan. Academy Award nominated actor Mark Ruffalo co-narrates the film, taking part in the project after being shown an online screener a few weeks before the final release. The film is co-directed by journalists Joshua Pribanic & Melissa Troutman. The 90-minute documentary is a project by PublicHerald.org, a Pennsylvania based nonprofit organization. Triple Divide is built on evidence from cradle-to-grave investigations that attempt to answer the question, “How are state regulations and industry handling impacts from fracking?” Throughout the film’s 10 chapters, which cover waste, class II injection wells, drinking water contamination, split-estates, the “pre-drill test scandal”, and the “pressure bulb” are on the ground accounts of hair-raising journalism. Hard-hitting, Triple Divide is also fair. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is highlighted in the film for weakly enforced regulations, but “the head of ‘Oil & Gas’ at DEP, Scott Perry, told me he’s seen the film and it’s very well done,” said Troutman. “This attests to Public Herald’s journalistic integrity and ability to reach both ends of the public spectrum: community members and heads of state.” The film reveals how water contamination is being covered up by the industry and the state, essentially rewriting water quality history in the United States by dismissing predrill tests. Meanwhile, state regulators are using compliance as a means of regulating without enforcing the law, abandoning the public in the wake of shale gas development.

Joshua B. Pribanic, Co-Director of Triple Divide, filming Jim Harkins for the "Good Neighbor" chapter.

Joshua B. Pribanic, Co-Director of Triple Divide, filming Jim Harkins for the “Good Neighbor” chapter.

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, signaling to the audience that everything, and everyone, is downstream from shale gas extraction.

Three drainage basins of Triple Divide, on three sides of the North American Continent. [screenshot from the opening scenes]

Three drainage basins of Triple Divide, on three sides of the North American Continent. [screenshot from the opening scenes]

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  1. by Timothy J Porter

    Hey guys i’m in Michigan we are now getting the first wells here and we are also being told lies ! They are telling us this has ALREADY been going on in Michigan for 50-60 years and that we have the best “regs” of any state (i’m sure you’ve heard the pitch). I am trying to keep awareness raised here but I think in general people think this is just over exaggerated or maybe even just a plain lie !!! I am hoping this movie will change that and I will pass this trailer on through all my networks !!! Thank you very much for doing this movie !! P.S. You have to make sure you get a trailer on youtube as well please ! Thank you again

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  5. by Heather Driscoll

    Hi, I’m a 5th grade teacher and am interested in showing this during our “water” portion of our science curriculum…is it appropriate for 5th grade?

  6. by Helene

    I have well water! I am very concerned for my family, I am going to rent this movie soon, but I wondered if you have anything that I should know about right now, before they start!

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