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 ages 11-15 showed up — the most we’ve ever seen at a single screening. Sierra Club of West […]

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.

Permit Allows Fracking Waste Storage in Backyards, Community Fights Back

Dick Stedge puts the East Township supervisors on the spot for not disclosing a certified letter from Chesapeake Energy regarding a waste permit application. photo: jbpribanic

Written by Joshua Pribanic & Amanda Gillooly for PublicHerald.org Nine East Smithfield Township natural gas leaseholders have banded together to fight a new permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection that allows more than 700,000 gallons of […]

$35K Awarded To Public Herald To Tour Fracking Documentary Across U.S.

Journalists and Public Herald co-founders Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman high-five in celebration of their INNovation Fund award to tour their investigative documentary Triple Divide across the country.  photo: Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Network

PENNSYLVANIA — Investigative news nonprofit Public Herald has won $35,000 to tour its investigative documentary Triple Divide about fracking in the Marcellus Shale across the United States. Public Herald is one of eight winners in the first round […]

Facts Behind The Daily Show’s Fracking Video

The Daily Show segment on fracking was shot at the home of Christine and Cory Pepper, who have water problems and live next to a fracked well that’s caused documented drinking water well problems on neighbors’ properties. Carol French, another Bradford Co. resident with water contamination, is looking over her left shoulder as comedian Aasif Mandvi reads his notes.

Public Herald & The Daily Show Impacted residents of the most heavily drilled and fracked county in the largest shale gas extraction zone in the United States – the Marcellus Shale – appeared in a segment of The […]

DEP Manipulates Law On Complaint, Leaves Family Without Water

Christine Pepper's sons watch as dirty water drips from the faucet.  photo: jbpribanic

It’s day one and Christine Pepper’s family has no water. There’s no water for the family to drink, to shower, or wash their clothes so they’re making calls to inlaws and saving single gallon plastic jugs. It’s day one, and the Pepper family has 45 days until they know what’s happened. It started when Christine splashed water on her face from the kitchen faucet and a burning sensation shot through her skin. “It felt like my face was on fire for 20 minutes,” she said. Later red bumps developed. Not shortly after there was no water at all. The Pepper's spring-fed well, which had produced water for more than 50 years, went completely dry. “I’m not saying we’ve never had low water," explains Christine’s husband Corey, "but it always comes right back, but it’s stayed dry for two weeks. And... I’ve never seen it! I’m 42, I’ve lived here 42 years, and my Dad was 18 when he bought this house.”

Video Project Uses Poetry to Expose Crimes

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Whispers from the Field If America’s fields could speak, what stories would they tell about sexual abuse migrant women face? That’s the question that poet Monica Mendoza asks in the Off/Page Project’s inaugural video, “Whispers from the Field.” […]

Meet Our New Crush, ‘Mission & State’

Front page January 27, 2014, Mission & State online.

We at Public Herald get crushes kind of often. Our latest one is on Mission & State, a new in-depth journalism project in Santa Barbara, California. Like so many other great connections, we discovered M&S because of fracking. Yes, thanks to that highly controversial and dangerous drilling process formerly known as horizontal slickwater hydraulic fracturing, we’ve met some really amazing people. Fracking is only one part of Mission & State’s coverage of news in and around Santa Barbara, which finds itself atop the oil and gas rich Monterey Shale, a bedrock formation with average depths of over 11,000 feet underground according to National Geographic. Check out Mission & State’s coverage of the ‘urchin and caviar’ politics surrounding the fracking debate in California.