UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Fracking film featured tonight

Sandusky filmmaker Joshua Pribanic is embarking on a national tour, but he’s coming home, too.
Tom Jackson
Sep 27, 2013

Pribanic is busy promoting his new documentary, “Triple Divide,” which takes a close look at the effects of fracking on Potter County in Pennsylvania.   

The tour will include a free screening of the movie in   Sandusky on Sept. 27 at Harlequins Community Theatre, also featuring a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers, Pribanic and his partner, Melissa Troutman.   

Pribanic said he’s grateful to Harlequins for providing a place for the screening. “We think it’s a hidden treasure for Sandusky and Ohio, being the oldest running community theater in the state,” he said.   

Pribanic and Troutman were the guests Friday on “Between the Lines,” at  sanduskyregister.com. Watch the program in the player below   

“I’m thrilled with the chance to   come back home and show the people of Sandusky what we’ve uncovered about the fracking process,” Pribanic said.   

As fracking grows in Ohio and other states, the experiences of states such as Pennsylvania are instructive, Pribanic said.“‘Triple Divide’ is a springboard for discussion about the real impacts from fracking, and it’s a forewarning for states like Ohio,     New York and California,” Troutman said.   

“Triple Divide” is narrated by actor Mark Ruffalo, who received an Academy Award nomination for his role in “The Kids Are All Right” and who is known for portraying The Hulk in “The Avengers,” which was partially filmed at NASA Plum Brook Station in Perkins Township and in Cleveland.    Ruffalo has spoken out against fracking in television appearances.   

Pribanic said that, through an intermediary, they contacted Ruffalo and asked him to take a look at the film. “He quickly got back to us,” Pribanic said. “He said he loved the film and he’d be more than happy to help out and get involved and narrate different parts.” Ruffalo turned out to be relaxed and down-to-earth, Pribanic said. “Mark was very open to the whole process and very flexible and easy to work with, actually,” Pribanic said. A 10-date tour of the film in Ohio launched Tuesday. The Ohio dates are the beginning of a national tour that will cover eight states.  

Want to go?

WHAT: Free screening of “Triple Divide”   

WHEN: 7 p.m. Sept. 27   

WHERE: Harlequins Community Theatre, 414 Wayne St., Sandusky   

MORE: Question-and-answer session with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

Click HERE for other Ohio dates



The air is toxic, I can set my water on fire, and all my hair is falling out...but at least the gas bill is cheaper.


Nice optimism. After all, every EF-5 tornado spinning in a category 5 hurricane has at least a tiny bit of a silver lining. Most of the time. I think..


Rosa, Rosa, Rosa, you'll anger some with the truth. Btw, during the drought of 88, Ohio's largest peach farmer damned up the creek to have H20 for his orchard/Walcher. That water is pretty crucial stuff.

T. A. Schwanger


Thanks to Melissa and Josh for keeping the public informed on this issue. Great turnout last night. Good to see you two. Make sure if you have time to come back to Sandusky for investigative reporting on Sandusky and Erie Counties environmental issues.

Tim Schwanger


The United States has enough coal to make us energy independent for the next 200 years. Yet, despite spending billions of dollars to satisfy all sorts of environmental laws, there will never be another coal-fired power plant built in this country. We also have the technology to build safe nuclear plants, but none of these will ever be built in this country again. Now good old American ingenuity has discovered yet another way to supply energy at a reasonable cost (called fracking), and the environmentalists are screaming to destroy this industry also. Do you see a trend here? It is not about the environment or safety or even "fat cat" energy companies. It is about ideology. An ideology which believes that the masses (that's us normal folks) don't have a clue and therefore the intelligentsia and big brother government must run our lives. And one sure way to do this is to keep us dependent upon foreign oil and windmills for our energy. And in today's world, energy is life.

Should fracking be regulated? Sure. Should fracking have to meet basic environmental regulations? Sure. But you don’t hear this compromise from the extremists; their goal is to destroy fracking – just as they have destroyed coal, nuclear power and any other venture which threatens to keep people independent from the clutches of an ever growing government.