Triple Divide

Film Frontline & Environmental Justice

Sat 10/19, 3:00pm - 5:00pm


Actor Mark Ruffalo co-narrates this provocative 18-month cradle-to-grave investigation by Public Herald, an investigative news nonprofit co-founded by journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman. Triple Divide reveals how water contamination is being covered up by the industry and the state, essentially rewriting the history of water quality in Pennsylvania by dismissing predrill tests. Meanwhile, state regulators are using compliance as a means of "regulating" without enforcing the law, abandoning the public in the wake of shale gas development. 


“It’s hard to imagine anyone could have a fully-informed opinion about fracking without seeing Triple Divide.  The filmmakers use cold hard facts and first-hand accounts to show how this industry is impacting real people.  If you liked Gasland, you’ll love Triple Divide.”   – Jed Thorp, Ohio Sierra Club

The Allegheny River, one of Pittsburgh's three rivers, is born at the Triple Divide, a mountain in northcentral Pennsylvania 325 miles away where fracking threatens the state's most pristine watersheds. The Allegheny provides drinking water for millions 'downstream' - including Pittsburgh.

After only five years of Marcellus Shale hydrofracking, the Allegheny has high levels of radioactive material from fracking waste not far from the Triple Divide - one of only four watersheds in North America where water flows into three river basins that reach three separate sides of the continent. For the Triple Divide, everything is downstream. Where is your water born?

The film's findings hold implications for all shale states where fracking is occurring. With never before seen interviews with impacted families, experts, and industry, Triple Divide reveals new concepts such as the Pressure Bulb and evidence like the Pre-drill Scandal that every person should be aware of and every environmental advocate should speak to. 

Audiences so far have found the film useful in changing the minds of neighbors considering fracking leases and officials considering whether to allow fracking in their community or state. Triple Divide is a great educational tool based on cold-hard evidence direct from sources, with concepts outlined in simple, original, beautiful filmmaking. 

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Melissa Troutman
Public Herald
Joshua Pribanic
Public Herald
Nadia Steinzor