WV SORO Update Archive

June 20, 2014

WV Groups Host Investigative News Team & "Triple Divide" Screenings Starting This Saturday

This summer communities across the country have the opportunity to see the investigative documentary "Triple Divide" about fracking in the Marcellus Shale. The film makers are coming to WV as part of a cross county tour supported by an INNovation Fund grant awarded by the Investigative News Network (INN) with funds from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Various local groups are co-sponsoring the screenings including North Central WV Democracy for America, WV Citizen Action Group, WV Rivers Coalition, WV Chapter of the Sierra Club and WV-SORO.

The screening schedule for Triple Divide in WV is as follows:

  • Saturday, June 21, 7PM, Hyma Auditorium, Christopher Hall of Science, WV Wesleyan College, Buckhannon in conjunction with the Sierra Club's Marcellus Academy
  • Wednesday, June 25, 5:30PM, Fairmont State University Caperton Center, 501 W. Main Street, Clarksburg
  • Friday, June 27, 7PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Boulevard West, Charleston
  • Sunday, June 29, 2PM at the Ohio County Public Library, Wheeling
The documentary is the feature debut of journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman.

“Triple Divide is about how water and energy connect us all,” said Troutman.  An investigative documentary about impacts from fracking in the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania, Triple Divide has been called “a bombshell" and will tour the United States from June thru November. 

Triple Divide’s namesake, the triple continental divide in Pennsylvania, is one of four highly unique watersheds in North America. It’s where three major rivers begin and flow to separate ends of the continent, providing drinking water for millions of people and hundreds of communities downstream.

According to Pribanic and Troutman, Triple Divide reveals how one state’s ‘world-class regulations’ fail to protect people, communities, and the environment.  They believe it offers an opportunity for people on any side of the issue to come together and discuss solutions. To increase the ability to track human and environmental health complaints, Public Herald started the #Fileroom project, which it plans to discuss and gather data for during the tour as well.

Academy Award-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo co-narrates the documentary. 

The film's website is http://TripleDivideFilm.org and you can read reviews at http://tripledividefilm.org/about/reviews/.

A playlist of video clips from the film here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE4sNymUoNBTelLVjpKqCHAy-2hwB7JXR

Workshops on Understanding Renegotiation and Renewal of Natural Gas Leases, July 22 & July 24

Sponsored by: WVU Extension Service Natural Gas Education Team

Presenter: Eric Gordon of Berry, Kessler, Crutchfield, Taylor and Gordon, Attorneys at Law

Tuesday, July 22 in Wheeling, WV
Thursday, July 24 in West Union, WV

Both Workshops begin at 6:00 p.m

For program schedule and directions click here.

For more information, contact Georgette Plaugher, WVU Extension Service Natural Gas Team Coordinator at 304-329-1391 or via e-mail Georgy.Plaugher@mail.wvu.edu.

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