by Robert Donnan 02/16/13

This evening – right across from West Penn Hospital… (Free street parking) 

 I had the privilege of seeing the pre-release version of TRIPLE DIVIDE yesterday.  My critique would include:

‘Exceptional’…   ‘Timely’…   ‘Valuable’…   ‘Alarming’

A clarion’s call…

It’s my sincere hope this film will receive widespread support and distribution. Of the 5 films I have seen on fracking (Split Estate, Gasland, Promised Land, Fracknation) this one is the best at showing a slice of the all-too-real and desperate situation as it relates to water and fracking, using exceptional documentation and analysis backed by extensive file reviews at the Pa. DEP.  It will give you a fresh look at onsite burials of what I call ‘toxic teabags’ at drill sites, even when it isn’t supposed to happen.

With much of the focus on Potter County, Pa. you come away with an in-depth sense of the inner workings of the industry and the DEP. (Violations have been recorded at 85% of the drill sites in Potter).  Without its superb visual artistic elements, this documentary would remind you of an episode of ‘60 Minutes’ which is just what you would expect from two sharp investigative reporters who have been producing this film for 2 years. Another huge plus: Industry bulldogs from EID and their ilk will find it impossible to tear down this film due to its fact-based core and ultimate thoroughness. Bravo!

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About the author

Joshua Pribanic is Editor-in-Chief for publicherald.org, an investigative reporter, director, photographer, and permaculturalist. His debut documentary, Triple Divide, investigates how the impacts of fracking are being handled by the state and industry. Influences include Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, and ProPublica's Editor Paul Steiger. Follow on twitter: @jbpribanic

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