From Chuck Wyrostok, Outreach Coordinator, WV Sierra Club
Wednesday, June 25, 5:30pm at the Fairmont State University, Caperton Center, 501 W. Main Street in Clarksburg
Friday, June 27 at 7pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Boulevard West in Charleston
Sunday, June 29 at 2pm at Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling
Bring your friends and catch one of the four screenings throughout the State.
Cross-Country Tour Of Fracking Investigation To Use Zero Gasoline
Investigative News Team Booking ‘Triple Divide’ Screenings Across U.S.
What do fracking and the car of the future have in common? This summer communities across the country have the opportunity to witness investigative documentary Triple Divide about fracking in the Marcellus Shale, with the added bonus of getting up close and personal with the Tesla Model S, a long-range, all-electric family sedan selected to transport the directors across the U.S. without using gasoline and adding zero greenhouse gas pollution.
“Triple Divide is about how water and energy connect us all,” said Troutman. An investigative documentary about impacts from fracking in the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania, Triple Divide has been called “a bombshell” and will tour the United States from June thru November thanks to a grant from the Investigative News Network with support from the Knight Foundation.
The documentary is the feature debut of journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman, who will tour the U.S. in an all-electric vehicle from Tesla Motors to test the manufacturer’s nationwide Supercharger system, where electric cars can be quickly recharged for free.
“Imagine crossing the country without using a single drop of gasoline,” said Troutman. “Tesla’s model may be a way to lessen the impact of fossil fuels on society and the climate. We’ll share our review of the experience online, and those who attend screenings will get to check out the car in person.”
Triple Divide’s namesake, the triple continental divide in Pennsylvania, is one of four highly unique watersheds in North America. It’s where three major rivers begin and flow to separate ends of the continent, providing drinking water for millions of people and hundreds of communities downstream.
According to Pribanic and Troutman, Triple Divide reveals how one state’s ‘world-class regulations’ fail to protect people, communities, and the environment. They believe it offers an opportunity for people on any side of the issue to come together and discuss solutions. To increase the ability to track human and environmental health complaints, Public Herald started the #Fileroom project, which it plans to discuss and gather data for during the tour as well.
Academy Award-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo co-narrates the documentary and added his voice to the project after seeing the film just weeks before its release. The filmmakers will have screenings in West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, California, Colorado, Montana, and Michigan with stops in between.
A playlist of video clips from the film are here.