Day 113: What To Do When Elected Officials Ignore You, @GovernorTomWolf Still Silent About Harm From Fracking

Public Herald Executive Director Melissa Troutman poses with a letter and package containing documents from Dorene Dougherty's appeal of a fracking permit near her home.

Public officials swear an oath to protect the people they serve. But what happens when your officials make decisions that put your health, home, or life at risk? UPDATE (March 30, 2015 11:00 AM Eastern): According to 9-year […]

Pennsylvania Fracking Documentary Celebrates Two-year Anniversary With Free Downloads

Public Herald conducts an exclusive interview with PA landowner about how fracking impacted the health and livelihood of his family in Washington County for an upcoming film and podcast report, titled "Invisible Hand" — a sister project to "Triple Divide." © jbpribanic all rights reserved

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of its investigative documentary Triple Divide, the nonprofit news organization Public Herald is offering the public 200 free downloads of the film. On a first-come, first-served basis, anyone can use the promotional code […]

“Fracking could literally kill me” @GovernorTomWolf #help

Dorene Dougherty holds a ceramic mask to help her breathe during respiratory attacks trigured by her rare medical condition, encephalopathy. She tells Public Herald that if fracking is constructed near her home it could be fatal. © jbpribanic

Public Herald has made nearly a dozen attempts to talk to Pennsylvania’s new Governor, Tom Wolf, to share our investigations and talk about how Wolf plans to handle the problems from fracking inherited by previous administrations. Some of […]

Pennsylvania Ecosystem Fights Corporation For Rights In Landmark Fracking Lawsuit

Grant Township Supervisor Jon Perry with residents Judy Wanchism and her daughter, Stacy Long, at a fishing hole on Little Mahoning Creek. Both Wanchism and Long appealed a permit to inject fracking waste in the township and Little Mahoning Watershed. © Kyle Pattison for Public Herald

For the first time in United States history, an ecosystem — a watershed, to be exact — has filed to defend itself in a lawsuit. The suit aims to reverse a local ban on the injection of fracking […]

Grandmother Charged with Harassment After Trying to Speak About Fracking at Public Meeting

Carolyn Knapp explains her conversations with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to Public Herald in a report about water quality complaints. © jbpribanic

UPDATE: Judge Wilcox dropped the harassment charges filed by Smithfield Twp. supervisors against Carolyn Knapp on the account that the charges we reported privately by public officials, without a vote or discussion during a public meeting. Rose Marie […]

North Carolina Newspapers Keep Fracking Data in the Dark

Bradford County, PA resident is interviewed by Public Herald about her community fight against the storage of fracking waste in backyards, an issue North Carolina will have to face in the state's proposed regulations. © jbpribanic

The major newspapers of Raleigh-Durham, Winston-Salem and Charlotte, North Carolina all passed on publishing this editorial about proposed fracking regulations for North Carolina and how it relates to Pennsylvania. Why? I’m not sure, but thankfully I have Public […]

First Thoughts on Tesla National Road Trip [Insert “Knight Rider” Theme Song]

Tesla Model S charging while a summer Delaware thunderstorm takes shape. photo: jbpribanic

Public Herald is touring Triple Divide across the U.S.A. in a Tesla Model S. Don’t worry about how we got the car — we promise it had nothing to do with Mark Ruffalo. Tesla’s Model S is an […]

What 43 Kids Had to Say About Fracking @BarackObama @INN

Children are being more and more exposed to fracking; Kennedy Pribanic (on the right), sister of Triple Divide's Joshua Pribanic, sees her first drill rig in Tiadaghton State Forest. photo: Jamie Pribanic

The night Public Herald kicked of its national tour of Triple Divide at Wesleyan College in West Virginia, 43 youngsters between the ages of 11 and 15 showed up — the most kids we’ve ever seen at a single […]

10,000 miles. 0 Gasoline. Cross-Country Tour Of Fracking Investigation Will Challenge Your Ideas About Energy

Public Herald founders Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman with a TESLA Model S. The two embark on a national tour of their documentary "Triple Divide" about  fracking on June 21st. With TESLA's Supercharger network they'll cross the country using zero gasoline.  photo: Tod J Xelowski © Public Herald

Investigative News Team Screening ‘Triple Divide’ Across U.S. What do fracking and the car of the future have in common? This summer, communities across the Unites States will have the opportunity to witness investigative documentary Triple Divide about […]

Photography: Fracking State Forests

Public Herald contributing artist John Nicholson captures audio of an active drill rig on state forest land. photo: Kyle Pattison

In late spring Public Herald contributing artists set out at dusk with cameras in hand to document fracking in Pennsylvania's Tiadaghton State Forest, where activity has recently increased after Governor Tom Corbett opened up new development on public lands.