Free screening of documentary film “Triple Divide” in Red Lodge this Friday, September 19

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Followers of this blog will be pleased to know about  a special free screening of the documentary film Triple Divide at the Cafe Regis in Red Lodge this Friday, September 19 at 6:00pm.

The film’s creators, Joshua B. Pribanic and Melissa Troutman, will be on hand to discuss the film.

The film “tells an alarming story about the downsides to fracking through personal stories, interviews with experts, and in a most exceptional way, case files of public documents uncovered during an 18-month investigation. While the sheer reality of the movie may reduce many to tears by pointing out how desperate the situation is in Pennsylvania, it will spark others with its clarion call of the major improvements needed…before this industrial process can be considered anywhere even close to ‘safe.'”

The film deals with the following subjects common to communities that experience rapid growth of oil and gas drilling:

Weak and under-enforced state regulations
Contaminated water, air, and land
Forest fragmentation
Community disruption
Destruction of the public trust
Loss of property, investments, and standard of living
Intimidation and harassment
Lack of protection over basic human rights

Here’s the film’s trailer:

As we move toward citizen-initiated zoning to protect local land owners from poorly regulated drilling in the Silvertip area of Belfry, this film has importance locally. There has been a great deal of public discussion about Energy Corporation of America’s (ECA) poor track record of compliance in Pennsylvania, which, unlike Montana, keeps detailed compliance records online. ECA has a well-documented record of leaky impoundments, faulty cement casings, and failure to cap abandoned wells that have caused toxic wastewater to leak into local waters. Pennsylvania recently released a list of 243 water wells in the state that have been contaminated by fracking. (Actual report of ECA violations in Pennsylvania here. Actual report of contaminated wells here.)

At a recent public meeting in Red Lodge, ECA said these violations were a result of the company’s “misunderstanding” of state regulations.

Whether you’re just becoming aware of this issue or you’ve been working on it for some time, this is an event worthy of your time.

Refreshments will be served.

Other events this week:
Tonight (9/17): Community meeting in Belfry to discuss oil and gas drilling in that area. Belfry School, 7:00p

Tomorrow (9/18): County Commissioner response to Silvertip citizen-initiated zone. County Administration Building, Red Lodge, 9:30am

About davidjkatz

The Moses family has lived on the Stillwater River since 1974, when George and Lucile Moses retired and moved to the Beehive from the Twin Cities. They’re gone now, but their four daughters (pictured at left, on the Beehive) and their families continue to spend time there, and have grown to love the area. This blog started as an email chain to keep the family informed about the threat of increased fracking activity in the area, but the desire to inform and get involved led to the creation of this blog.
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1 Response to Free screening of documentary film “Triple Divide” in Red Lodge this Friday, September 19

  1. GS Ministry says:

    One man or woman can send a Letter supported by an affidavit expressing his/her rights as granted by the Creator for clean air, clean water, and uninjured land. That Letter and affidavit in support of the letter can be addressed to each of the county commissioners as Respondents to the rights expressed by that one man or woman. The affidavit would contain language that failure to support the Creator-given rights for that man or woman and failure to rebut the facts in the affidavit within a prescribed period of time, point by point in writing with specificity under penalty of perjury is admission that the Respondent(s) agree(s) that said Respondent is bringing harm and injury to the man or woman and their estate.

    The Respondent is sent a notice of default and affidavit in support of the default with so many days to cure. When there is no response or an improper response that does not address the affidavits in a timely manner, point by point, in writing with specificity under penalty of perjury, then that man or woman has the basis for a claim for harm and injury to the man or woman and his/her estate in a federal court. These claims go to federal courts, not county courts.

    That is how one man or woman’s affidavit can be more powerful than 1000 signatures. Bring it to the personal level of harm and injury by a man (or woman) sitting on a commission or oil and gas board to the man or woman who has expressed the rights to clean air, clean water and uninjured land as granted by the Creator.

    If more than one man or woman do the same thing, then you have many claims being filed individually in federal court and not a class action claim that can be swept away as quickly as an oil and gas commission hearing can terminate the rights to a hearing.

    cheers, Lynn

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