Posted September 26, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
“Triple Divide” is a powerful documentary on the issue of hydraulic fracturing, which has become a worldwide phenomenon and source of contention. The negative consequences of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” as it is commonly called, have become more well-known recently. The most negative aspect of fracking is the contamination of groundwater aquifers and the environment with chemicals and poisons which cause people, animals and plants to become sick.
There are other negative consequences as well, including the reduction in value of homes surrounding hydraulic fracturing well sites and families losing their ability to sustain a living, or remain where they live because of health concerns caused by fracking in their areas.
There are those who hold the view that fracking operations are a good thing because they increase economic activity and jobs in regions where times are tough. Others hold that the price that is paid for allowing fracking is too high with destruction of the environment-mainly drinking water upon which all life depends.
Documentary film critics have called Triple Divide the most powerful film to date on the hydraulic fracturing phenomenon. As the fracking debate has grown into a worldwide debate, the film has become more widely known by the people of the Earth. The producers and directors of Triple Debate edited the film in a way which simply conveys the facts, without pushing the viewer in any pre-conceived direction, or leading him or her to the filmmakers’ views on fracking.
Go to tripledividefilm.org for more information on this important, timely documentary.
Pittsburgh was the first city to ban fracking as a result of the city council taking democracy into their own hands. Because of the legal environment surrounding fracking, where local communities have found themselves somewhat helpless to stop drilling in their areas, a powerful democracy movement, where the people realize that their state and federal governments will not address their concerns, has grown. Small, medium and large cities, as well as counties, have come to draft a “Community Bill of Rights” to practice true and real democracy.
On the issue of fracking people around the world are now taking matters into their own hands, to protect their own and their neighbors’ health and welfare from corporate harm. This resort to true democracy was inevitable because people have come to the point where they must save their own lives. Their elected leaders and corporations involved with fracking will not come to the aid of people who have legitimate concerns and proven health problems.
An organization that leads the way on this true democracy movement is the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). If you or anyone you know faces the prospect of hydraulic fracturing with its negative health and welfare consequences, go to celdf.org for information on how communities around the world are stopping the drilling.
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- Albertan warns Newfoundland of fracking risk, says well water became flammable (globalnews.ca)