The film Triple Divide investigates how the negative environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing are being handled by state governments and the fracking industry. The film is based on an 18-month investigation of gas shale extraction in Pennsylvania by the investigative news nonprofit Public Herald.
Narrated by actor Mark Ruffalo, Triple Divide incorporates personal stories, expert interviews, and investigation of state case files to tell a cautionary tale about the corruption of a public agency entrusted to regulate the industry and protect the public and environment.
Triple Divide will be screened at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10 at the Gateway Film Center, 1550 North High Street, just south of OSU campus. Tickets are $5 and benefit the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) and Public Herald. The OEC is hosting a mixer before the screening at 6 p.m., and a panel discussion immediately following the film.
Moderated by Melanie Houston, Director of Water and Environmental Health Policy for the OEC, the panel will include:
- Triple Divide co-directors Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman
- Jed Thorp, Conservation Manager for the Ohio chapter of the Sierra Club
- Teresa Mills of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice and the Buckeye Forest Council
A triple divide is a place where two continental divides intersect and water drains into three watersheds, feeding rivers that reach three separate sides of the continent, providing drinking water to millions of people. Everything and everyone is downstream from shale gas extraction.