Spencer H. Johnson

Tesla Helps Co-Directors of Fracking Documentary Tour the U.S.A Emissions-Free

by , 06/23/14

Flaring in Potter County

What better way to showcase your new fracking documentary than an emissions-free tour across the U.S. in an electric hotrod? Co-Directors Melissa Troutman and Josh Pribanic of Public Herald have teamed up with Tesla to test the company’s nationwide Supercharger system as they travel the nation in a Tesla Motors Model S. They’re showcasing their investigative documentary Triple Divide, which demonstrates the horrors and dangers of hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking“) in rural Pennsylvania.

Tioga Senaca Well Pad
Image © J.B. Pribanic

Triple Divide has been called “the best documentary on fracking,” “a bombshell,” and a “must see”. With quick-to-the-point interviews from the gas industry, scientific experts, and affected members of Pennsylvania living in the frackfields of shale development, Triple Divide is one-and-a-half hours of necessary environmental education. Merging artistic imagery and investigative journalism for a philosophically creative viewing experience, it shows how the people, communities, and environment of Pennsylvania have been sold out to the fossil fuel industry.

Related: Pennsylvania, Other States Confirm Water Pollution from Natural Gas Drilling

Contaminated Well Water from Fracking
Image © J.B. Pribanic

Academy Award-Nominated actor and activist Mark Ruffalo co-narrates the documentary, lending his voice to the project after seeing the film a few weeks prior to its release. Ruffalo is a co-founder of the Solutions Project and runs the non-profit Water Defense, which investigates water testing and protection measures.

Triple Divide got its name from the triple continental divide in Pennsylvania; 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 the drinking water for millions of people and hundreds of communities downstream.

Yough River Natural Gas Pipeline Michels Construction

Image © J.B. Pribanic

Screenings are planned in West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, California, Colorado, Montana, and Michigan with stops in between. For a more detailed list of screening times and locations, visit http://tripledividefilm.org/screenings. For video clips see TripleDivideFilm.org. Also follow @PublicHerald and use the hashtag #TripleDivide on Twitter.

Related: Elon Musk Mulls Plan to Open Tesla Supercharger Patents

Photos © J.B. Pribanic

Lead Image © J.B. Pribanic

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