We’ve been on the road and counting the corn rows for our Ohio Tour of Triple Divide, but that’s not to say we’ve travelled unnoticed. In the last week Public Herald has started to pop-up in the press after completing our first two successful dates of the tour in Columbus and Mansfield. Catch a glimpse of our work in some of the articles we’ve collected to share with readers.
SANDUSKY, OH – Triple Divide Directors Interviewed on Sandusky Register’s “Between the Lines”
Pribanic is busy promoting his new documentary, “Triple Divide,” which takes a close look at the effects of fracking on Potter County in Pennsylvania.
The tour will include a free screening of the movie in Sandusky on Sept. 27 at Harlequins Community Theatre, also featuring a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers, Pribanic and his partner, Melissa Troutman.
Pribanic said he’s grateful to Harlequins for providing a place for the screening. “We think it’s a hidden treasure for Sandusky and Ohio, being the oldest running community theater in the state,” he said.
Mansfield, OH – “Film illustrates effects of fracking”
A documentary on hydraulic fracturing drew a packed house Thursday night in downtown Mansfield.
“Triple Divide,” an 18-month investigation by Public Herald, an investigative news nonprofit co-founded by two journalists, was shown at Relax It’s Just Coffee on North Main Street.
Journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman created the film to show how state regulations and industry in Pennsylvania have been handling the effects of the process known as fracking.
Fracking is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside.
The film revealed how the industry and state appear to cover up water contamination.
Pribanic and Troutman talked to several Pennsylvania farmers and landowners who were affected by the drilling, which resulted in health issues and significant disruptions to their land and lives.
Triple Divide Directors begin at 36:40
Last week research revealed that a 2011 earthquake in Youngstown, OH could be linked to hydraulic fracturing in that area. Some worry about fracking’s dangers, citing water pollution and respiratory illness among them. Others say it’s a safe way to extract a wealth of natural gas from the earth. This hour we’ll get an update on the debate in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and see if industry promises have come true.
- Tom Stewart, Exec. VP, Ohio Oil and Gas Association
- Trent A. Dougherty, Director of Legal Affairs, Ohio Environmental Council
- Melissa Troutman and Joshua B. Pribanic, co-directors, The Triple Divide
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