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~ The groundbreaking film about fracking, Triple Divide, is coming to West Virginia in June 2014 . . .

Bring your friends and catch one of the four screenings throughout the state ~ Free Admission!

Screenings in Buckhannon, Clarksburg, Charleston, Wheeling

Saturday, June 21st, 7:00pm at Hyma Auditorium, Christopher Hall of Science, West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon during the 2014 Marcellus Academy

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

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Subject: Wed. Mar. 12: “Triple Divide” & discussion with John Detwiler, John Smith, Rich Fitzgerald, & Kent Moors

Shows:  Wednesday, March 12, 2014 – 6:30pm

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Fracking, With Liberty & Justice For All
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 6:30 PM, $15

A special screening of investigative documentary Triple Divide and discussion about fracking

PITTSBURGH—Catch a special screening and discussion of Triple Divide, an investigative documentary about the impacts from fracking in Pennsylvania, on March 12th, 6:30 PM at Bricolage. It’s a film about the complex subject of fracking and has been called “a bombshell that could reverberate across the state” by Wilkes-Barre Times Leader.

This debut documentary by journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman reveals how the state’s “world-class regulations” fall short in protecting people, communities, and the environment.  “We wanted to look at what impacts are occurring and how they’re being handled,” says Pribanic. “If the state and industry say fracking’s under control, we wanted to see how. It’s only when we see the evidence that we can cast the stone.”

“Pennsylvania has some of the best environmental laws in the country, but they aren’t being enforced,” says Troutman. “In addition, we’ve found during our investigation that basic freedoms which are supposed to be guaranteed to all Americans are being stripped from communities faced with fracking.”

Academy Award-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo co-narrates the documentary, which is named after the triple continental divide in Potter County, Pennsylvania, one of four unique watersheds in North America where three major rivers begin—including the Allegheny River—and flow to separate parts of the continent.

Discussion with the filmmakers and expert panelists will be moderated by Bill Flanagan, host of “Our Region’s Business” on WPXI-TV. Panelists for discussion include attorney John Smith, who led the case that deemed key provisions of Pennsylvania’s oil and gas law Act 13 unconstitutional, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, engineer John Detwiler, who’s active in the group Marcellus Protest calling for a halt on fossil fuel extraction, and Dr. Kent Moors, director of the Energy Policy Research Group at Duquesne University.

“We believe informed citizens are better citizens”, says Jeffrey Carpenter, artistic director at Bricolage. “With so many critical issues facing our community it’s important that we create a space to ask questions and hear from thought leaders to help broaden perspectives and promote problem-solving. We believe using art as a crowbar to open the door to dialogue can make those conversations easier to begin and less intimidating to participate in.”

“The boom in unconventional gas extraction has created the same debate that we see here in PA in communities around the world,” said Dr. Steven E. Sokol, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. “On the one hand, there are proponents of fracking because of the opportunities offered by gas. On the other hand, people are concerned about the environmental and health impacts. This is both a local and a global issue.”

Refreshments will be served before the screening which starts at 6:30 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM and tickets are $15. The Fifth Wall Series is sponsored by World Affairs Council. For more information call Bricolage at 412-471-0999. For previews of the film see TripleDivideFilm.org.

Bios

John Detwiler
John Detwiler earned a PhD in engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania.  He is now retired from a career in strategic business consulting and in project management of large-scale engineering works.  As an entrepreneur, he was the co-founder, co-owner and chief operating officer of a privately held engineering company with profit-and-loss responsibility for multi-million dollar capital projects.  Mr. Detwiler has served in many sectors and industries, including:  manufacturing, defense, energy and public utilities, local government, banking and health care.  He is an active member of Marcellus Protest, a citizen group working for a total halt to hydrofracturing of fossil fuel deposits. Marcellus Protest has been a driving force behind the City of Pittsburgh’s ban on fracking and is now part of the campaign to keep oil and gas operations out of Allegheny County Parks.

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
Rich Fitzgerald grew up in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield-Garfield neighborhood.  He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a business minor from Carnegie Mellon University.  Rich started a small business, Aquenef, which provides water treatment equipment and services for industry in the Western Pennsylvania region.

Rich worked on the campaign to change the form of government in Allegheny County.  In 1999, he ran for one of the district council seats on the newly-formed County Council and was elected to represent a district that included suburban municipalities and city neighborhoods.  He held the seat for twelve years and was elected as Council President four times before leaving to run for the office of County Executive.
As County Executive, he is focused on economic development of the region and job creation and works with companies on a weekly basis to address the issues that are priorities to them in growing and being supported in the county.  That focus includes making our airport better, ensuring our public transit system is reliable and sustainable, and providing a climate where a skilled workforce is a key component of our growth.  Rich’s interest in making government more effective and efficient began with the consolidation of row offices when he was on Council, has expanded to include a top to bottom review of county departments and functions by the County Manager and direction to make changes to ensure that county government is responsive to taxpayers and protects their interests.

Dr. Kent Moors
Dr. Moors is the Executive Chair of the Global Energy Symposium, founder and editor of The Oil and Energy Investor, and President of oil and gas consultant ASIDA, Inc. An internationally recognized expert in oil and gas policy/finance and risk assessment, Dr. Moors, has advised 27 world governments and been a consultant to private companies, financial institutions, civic movements/organizations and law firms in 29 countries. In addition to conventional oil and gas, he has experience dealing with shale gas, coal bed methane, tight gas, tight/shale oil and oil sands projects throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Poland, Australia, and North Africa.

John Smith
Attorney John M. Smith, Esq. is a Partner and Founder of the law firm of Smith Butz located in Southpointe, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Attorney Smith is lead counsel for the local municipalities in the Robinson v. Commonwealth (Act 13) case, where the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared provisions in the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act unconstitutional. The Act would have required all zoning districts, including residential to allow drilling and fracking operations as well as waste water impoundments with a minimum setback of 300 feet from homes and schools. Smith focuses his practice on oil and gas, land use, local governments and litigation matters, and he is currently the Solicitor for several municipalities including Peters and Cecil Townships. Attorney Smith is involved with several litigation matters representing clients who have alleged harm from oil and gas activities, including contaminated water. He’s also filed civil actions against the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection alleging the Departments failure to properly enforce Pennsylvania law.

Shows: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 – 6:30pm

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Upcoming Events April 6, 2013 ……..

Pittsburgh Health Summit on Chemical Exposure in Gasfield Communities

Saturday April 6th, 2013,  Conference Time: 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Location:

The Carnegie Science Center
1 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Google Maps URL: http://goo.gl/maps/xP7UK

Purpose: Recent technological advances in directional drilling and high volume slickwater hydraulic fracturing have stimulated the rapid development of a complex industrial network. In addition to multi-acre well pads, this network includes compressor stations, cryogenic separation plants, crystalline silica sand transfer stations, landfills that accept radioactive drill cuttings, and open impoundments for freshwater, flowback and other hazardous liquids. Incidences of human and animal health impacts from living near these facilities are increasingly documented, principally through the efforts of concerned citizens and community-based action groups.

The Pittsburgh Health Summit will serve to further amplify the voices of people who suffer with symptoms of chemical exposure as they seek protection from air and waterborne contaminants generated by the rapidly expanding shale gas and oil industry. The event will be facilitated by Dr. Gerald Groves.

Registration: There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Lunch and light snacks will be provided.

Contact Information:

Dr. Yuri Gorby
Howard A. Blitman Chair in Environmental Engineering
Professor, Department of Biology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York, 12080
ygorby@gmail.com

Ernesto Villaseñor
Gates Millennium Scholarship Program
GMS Advisor & Ambassador
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Undergraduate Student & Research Assistant
Science and Technology Studies Dept.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York, 12180
villae2@rpi.edu

REGISTER HERE:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1tdHH0rdF0gcVJ6sFb1h0DcFx_XMhww0LVtk4L_JtRy8/viewform

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May 11: Meet the EarthQuakers Action Team
At 7:00 PM the Scottdale Mennonite Church will host a public presentation on mountaintop removal and strip mining.  The Earth Action Team from the Philadelphia Friends Meeting of the Quakers is currently walking across the state to protest the funding of mountaintop removal coal mining.  During the presentation video and personal stories from their walk will be shared.  The church is located at 801 Market St. in Scottdale, PA.  Call the church at 724-887-7470 for directions (this is not an MWA sponsored event).

May 18: Monitoring Marcellus Training- Murrysville
From 9am to 3pm, we’ll hold a  Monitoring Marcellus Training at the East Suburban Unitarian Universalist Church, 4326 Sardis Rd, Murrysville, PA 15668.  The workshop will provide information on Marcellus activity, visual assessment and water monitoring.  Lunch will be provided, and those completing the training will receive a free total dissolved solids (TDS) meter to use in monitoring area waterways.  For more information or to register please contact Veronica at veronica@mtwatershed.com or 724-455-4200 ext. 4#.  This training is co-sponsored by Murrysville Marcellus.

May 19: Monitoring Marcellus Training- Donegal
From 9am to 3pm, we will be offering a Monitoring Marcellus Training at the Donegal Community Center, 113 Community Lane, Donegal, PA 15628.  The workshop will provide information on Marcellus activity, visual assessment and water monitoring.  Lunch will be provided, and those completing the training will receive a free total dissolved solids (TDS) meter to use in monitoring area waterways.  For more information or to register please contact Veronica at veronica@mtwatershed.com or 724-455-4200 ext. 4#

May 20: Indian Creek: A Trout Stream Reborn
Join us from 11 AM – 2 PM at Resh Park, Indian Head, PA (Pavilion next to Children’s Fishing Area).  This event, sponsored by MWA and the Chestnut Ridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited, will celebrate the ongoing recovery of Indian Creek.  Activities will include fly tying demonstrations, fly fishing demonstrations, water quality assessment demonstrations—including macroinvertebrate collection and identification, and children’s activities.  Light refreshments will be served, and children are welcome to fish– bring your own tackle!  Contact Terri at terri@mtwatershed.com or 724-455-4200 ext. 5# for more information.

May 31: Visual Assessment Training
Do you want to help prevent pollution from Marcellus shale development in your community?  Attend MWA’s next Visual Assessment Training on Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 6PM to 9PM in Armstrong County, location to be announced. Information will be provided on permit tracking, air and water pollution, and filing a complaint.  For more information call Veronica at 724-455-4200 ext. 4# or email veronica@mtwatershed.com.

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WVU Extension Programs: Marcellus Shale

March 14 and 22, and April 26

The first program takes place on March 14 at the Cameron High School Cafeteria in Marshall County.  On March 22, the program will be at the Ritchie County 4-H Camp Assembly Hall.  Finally, on April 26, the program will take place at the Parsons Volunteer Fire Department in Tucker County.  Start time is 6 pm.

Presenters include representatives from the West Virginia State Health Department, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Transportation and WVU Extension Service. For more information, please contact WVU Extension Service Program Coordinator Georgette Plaugher at 304-329-1391.

The West Virginia DNR’s Frank Jernejic, a fisheries biologist, will discuss the Aquatic Impacts of Marcellus Shale Gas Development.   Gary Clayton, North-East Regional Maintenance Engineer and Central Coordinator Natural Gas Permits, will discuss the damage to roads from Marcellus Shale gas development. Clayton is also a representative of the state’s Department of Transportation and will discuss who is responsible for drilling permits, as well as maintenance and repairs.

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Reflections

WAYNESBURG UNIVERSITY will host a traveling art exhibit, “Reflections: Homage to Dunkard Creek,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14 through April 4 in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery.  Admission is free, and the public is invited.

Pittsburgh PA
Chatham University, Art & Design Building
April – May 25, 2012
Contact: Prajna Parasher  412.365-1182
Parasher@Chatham.edu

Pittsburgh PA
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
June 4 – July 26, 2012
Contact:  Ann Rosenthal , Curator
atrart@gmail.com

Frostburg MD
Frostburg State University, Roper Gallery
August 1 – August 22, 2012
Contact:  Dustin Davis

Parkersburg WV
Parkersburg Arts Center
September 7- October 5,  2012
Contact:  Abby Hayhurst
abby@parkersburgartcenter.org

Shepherdstown, WV
National Conservation Training Center
November 2012
Contact:  Mark Madison

Lewisburg WV
Carnegie Hall, Museum Gallery
January 4 – March 8, 2013
Contact:  Lynn Creamer
creamer@carnegiehallwv.org

The exhibit is sponsored by The Mountain Institute: Appalachia Program and celebrates the natural beauty of wildlife and sheds light on environmental issues that challenge the area. Visitors will be given the opportunity to reflect on traditional and nontraditional media, including paintings, drawings, print and collages dedicated to water species.

“Reflections” is a collaborative art project created by more than 100 artists united by a physical connection to the Monongahela Watershed. The mission of the project is to commemorate the lives of the many species that once called Dunkard Creek home before chemical waste destroyed its inhabitants.

For more information, call Susan Phillips, gallery director, professor of art and chairman of the Department of Fine Arts at Waynesburg University, at 724-852-3274.
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“Reflections: Homage to Dunkard Creek”

“Reflections: Homage to Dunkard Creek” will be shown February 2nd through February 24th at the Brooks Gallery in Waldman Hall at Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV 26554.  The previous showing was Dec. 15 through Jan. 25, 2012, at the University of Charleston’s Frankenberger Art Gallery.

The traveling exhibition, two years in the making, features 90 artists from eight states who express their personal experiences and connections to Dunkard Creek. On Sept. 20, 2009, Dunkard Creek, a 43-mile Pennsylvania and West Virginia creek that flows into the Monongahela Watershed, suffered a large scale Golden Algae bloom that devastated the area and its animal life.

After witnessing this event firsthand, Ann Payne, an alumnus of Morris Harvey (UC), felt the need to express what she saw and experienced that day. Over the next two years, she invited other artists who shared a tie to the Dunkard Creek area to collaborate in this exhibition. Each artist was assigned one of the 90 species lost during the algae bloom and given a panel to create a work about that specific species. This exhibition is the product of their collaboration.

An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 and is free and open to the public.

University of Charleston, Frankenberger Art Gallery, second floor of the Student Union building, 2300 MacCorkle Ave., S.E. Charleston. Call Ray Yeager at 304-357-4387.

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“Reflections: Homage to Dunkard Creek”

An award-winning collaborative ART EXHIBIT commemorating the lives of the many species who perished in the Dunkard Creek fish kill in 2009– a result of nearby coal and gas activities.

Exhibit open through October 30th, Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

Arts Monongahela, 201 High Street Morgantown, WV

For more information, visit the “Reflections” website…

Upcoming . . .

Pittsburgh PA
Chatham University, Art & Design Building
April – May 25, 2012
Contact: Prajna Parasher  412.365-1182
Parasher@Chatham.edu

Pittsburgh PA
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
June 4 – July 26, 2012
Contact:  Ann Rosenthal , Curator
atrart@gmail.com

Frostburg MD
Frostburg State University, Roper Gallery
August 1 – August 22, 2012
Contact:  Dustin Davis

Parkersburg WV
Parkersburg Arts Center
September 7- October 5,  2012
Contact:  Abby Hayhurst
abby@parkersburgartcenter.org

Shepherdstown, WV
National Conservation Training Center
November 2012
Contact:  Mark Madison

Lewisburg WV
Carnegie Hall, Museum Gallery
January 4 – March 8, 2013
Contact:  Lynn Creamer
creamer@carnegiehallwv.org

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WVU College of Law Symposium: “Drilling Down on Regulatory Challenges”

Friday, October 27th 8:15 am-5:00 pm (free and open to the public)

Watch the symposium here…

Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom (room 165) at the Law Center

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2011 WV Watershed Celebration Day

Friday and Saturday, November 4th & 5th

Jacksons Mill Conference Center

Contact: Jami Thompson, wrc@wvca.us

Registration Deadline: October 1st.

http://www.wvca.us/wvwn/wvwn_celebration_day.cfm

Photos and Q/A Session to be posted on-line for public access.

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WVU Extension Service presents……Natural Gas Education Program.

WATER, AIR, AND NATURAL GAS DRILLING (6:00 PM)

November 15th, Hampshire County High School.

Contact:  Gerald Leather, WVUES, 304-822-5013.

http://anr.ext.wvu.edu/oil_gas

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WVU Extension Service presents…. Natural Gas Education Program.

WATER, AIR, AND NATURAL GAS DRILLING (6:00 PM)

November 29th, Assembly Hall, Jackson’s Mill, near Weston.

Contact: Bruce Loyd, WVUES, 304-269-4660.

http://anr.ext.wvu.edu/oil_gas

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WVU Extension Service presents….. Natural Gas Education Program.

WATER, AIR, AND NATURAL GAS DRILLING (6:00 PM)

((December 8th, Preston County High School Auditorium)).

WVUES Agent Bill Shockley has confirmed that the program is in Rowlesburg

at the Szilagyi Center (old Rowlesburg High School) at 6pm.

Our original notice said it would be at the Preston County High School Auditorium

Contact: Bill Shockey, WVUES, 304-329-1391.

http://anr.ext.wvu.edu/oil_gas

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WVU Extension Service Contact for Natural Gas Education Programs……  Georgette Plaugher at 304-329-1391.

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