Whether you're 101 to the subject or a seasoned veteran, these 10 chapters from Triple Divide will give you an exclusive understanding of fracking in the United States. 1. Triple Divide There's a place where your water is born. Do you know where it is? For the Triple Divide "Everything is Downstream" and it's where millions of Americans' water is born. 2. Fracking 'Fracking' is now a household word that means a process where extreme pressure and fluids are pumped into the ground to break apart [sedimentary] shale rock and release trapped fossil fuels. Here's a 101 excerpt from Triple Divide, narrated by Mark Ruffalo. 9. The Judys Right now radioactive waste pits made up of drilling mud and cuttings are being buried behind peoples homes, on public land and on farmland that grows tomorrow's crops. It's what's called an 'Alternative Waste Approval' (or, OG71 in DEP files) and you should know if it's happening near you or your seasonal high water table.
Hot of the press in most of rural Pennsylvania are promises on economic opportunity from fracking, but Triple Divide a new documentary by filmmakers and journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman questions its impacts. The film covers a two-year analysis of fracking by investigative news nonprofit Public Herald and is touring across the Commonwealth this November. “People can expect to witness a side of fracking they’ve never seen before by watching Triple Divide,” said Pribanic. The film is the first of its kind to reveal illegal burials of potentially radioactive waste in Exceptional Value Watersheds. It highlights new concepts regarding an issue dubbed “The Pressure Bulb” referring to the unregulated force needed to frack a well, and uncovers a ‘predrill scandal’ where the industry is allowed to dismiss its own science.
Over a handful of Governor Tom Corbett's own administration have resigned more than a year before the end of the governor's first term, for reasons that remain partly cloudy at best. Department of Public Welfare Secretary Gary Alexander left March 2013. Inspector General Kenya Mann Faulkner left the month before Alexander. Turnpike CEO Roger Nutt left October 2012. And then there's the leadership upheaval at Pennsylvania's environmental agencies: the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in charge of oil and gas extraction and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) in charge of conservation and management of forests, parks and other natural areas. DCNR has limited authority to manage oil and gas fracking on state land, since DEP issues the permits under its own set of policies and procedures. In June, then head of DCNR Richard Allen was fired after an email to his wife Patricia who then worked at DEP reached the Governor's desk. The email contained potentially-racist comments toward a high-ranking staff member of DEP, whom Allen also called a "B****" in the email. Sources say that the staff member has since quietly left DEP without announcement. Mrs. Allan has also left DEP but still works for the state. Governor Corbett has since replaced Michael Krancer as head of Environmental Protection with environmental expert Chris Abruzzo, former Chief Deputy Attorney General. Aburzzo supervised the state's Drug Strike Force and also serves as Derry Township Supervisor in Hershey, Pa.
Triple Divide History Lesson While driving through eastern Ohio yesterday, I stopped for a stroll along the Cayuhoga. In the language of the First Americans, the name meant “crooked river.” For other Americans born centuries later, the name would come to mean “the river that caught on fire from pollution.” The famous Cayuhoga fire of 1969 was blamed on heavy oil slicks, and was one of several that afflicted the river during more than a century of unregulated industrial waste dumping. The image of the river burning has been credited with a surge in the environmental movement and the political support needed to pass the Clean Water Act. Fast-forward to September 2013, as Ohioans turn out in the hundreds to watch different images of rivers threatened and rivers defended—this time in the form of Triple Divide, a documentary about the damage caused by shale gas development.
There’s an Elephant in the room who holds dark secrets about our society…what if it could talk? A September 18th article by Dan Gearino of Columbus Dispatch gives us an in-room perspective about fracking at the White House, "Obama former energy secretary says fracking can be done safely.” Former US Energy Sec. Steven Chu, who presented at an industry event in Columbus recently, compares the risks of fracking to the building trade. "When you built buildings in the past...with industrial accident and construction deaths, we were saying, 'That's part of the business'...Nowadays it's not part of the business." First, apparently "accident" (incident would be more accurate) and death are no longer a part of the business. Second, who does Mr. Chu mean when he says "you" and "we?" Third and most importantly, comparing fracking to the building trade is like comparing anti-freeze to alka-seltzer, or alka-seltzer to fracking. (Like The Colbert Report did.)
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.