WV Citizen Action Group
Action Alert
June 13
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 Water-Themed Play Comes to Charleston

In response to the January 2014 chemical spill, New Brooklyn Theater announces a new site-specific production of An Enemy of the People, Henrik Ibsen's classic play about poisoned water and poisoned politics. Performances will play on a custom-built, site-specific stage in the Kanawha River overlooking the West Virginia State Capitol at the Public Access Dock (Porters Hollow in Charleston, next to the Frontier Building, 1500 MacCorkle Ave SE).

Though written in 1882, this is a play for our time with special relevance for West Virginians as they try to chart their future in the wake of the chemical spill. An Enemy of the People tells the story of Thomas Stockmann, who discovers that the water in his town is polluted. Stockmann must find the strength to stand up to opposition from the press, civic leaders, and the local government. Along the way, he finds the crisis is more personal and complex than he had originally thought.

Each performance will include a post-performance talkback discussion between the audience, cast, and special invited guests, including elected officials, scientists, activists, and community leaders. The production will provide a unique, arts-driven opportunity for public dialogue about the state's future.

Tickets to all performances are free to the public but must be booked online by visiting


Fri. Jun 13 7:30 pm

Sat. Jun 14 7:30 pm

Sun. Jun 15 7:30 pm

Thur. Jun 19 7:30 pm

Fri. Jun 20 7:30 pm

Sat. Jun 21 7:30 pm

Sun. Jun 22 7:30 pm

Thur. Jun 26 7:30 pm

Fri. Jun 27 7:30 pm

Sat. Jun 28 7:30 pm

Sun. Jun 29 7:30 pm

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 FREE Screenings of ‘Triple Divide’ Across WV

Cross-Country Tour Of Fracking Investigation To Use Zero Gasoline

Investigative News Team Booking ‘Triple Divide’ Screenings Across U.S.

 This summer, communities across the Unites States will have the opportunity to witness investigative documentary Triple Divide about fracking in the Marcellus Shale, a feature debut of journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman of Public Herald.

The team will tour the U.S. in a Tesla Motors Model S, a long-range, all-electric sedan, and test the company’s nationwide Supercharger system where the electric cars can be quickly recharged for free. The directors aim to cross the U.S. using zero gasoline and emitting zero greenhouse gas pollution.

“Triple Divide is about how water and energy connect us all,” said Troutman.  An investigation of  impacts from fracking in Pennsylvania, Triple Divide has been called “a bombshell" and will tour from June thru November thanks to a grant from the Investigative News Network with support from the Knight Foundation.  

According to Pribanic and Troutman, who also co-founded the investigative news nonprofit Public Herald, Triple Divide reveals how one state’s ‘world-class regulations’ fail to protect people, communities, and the environment.  

“The public isn’t seeing the full scale of impacts from fracking either because regulators are mismanaging the data or decisions are made based on politics instead of science,” says Pribanic. “The impacts we encountered in Triple Divide are systemic, but we can learn from these experiences so that the stories of those interviewed are not in vain.”

The journalists aim to bring together people on any side of the issue to discuss solutions, such as the #Fileroom project which Public Herald began to help the public track human and environmental health complaints by digitizing and mapping hard-to-get government oil and gas files.

“Pennsylvania has some of the best environmental laws in the country, but they aren't being enforced," says Troutman.  "And major problems like the 'Pressure Bulb' effect from fracking, which we cover in Triple Divide, aren't a part of state or federal regulations at all."  

Academy Award-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo co-narrates the documentary and added his voice to the project after seeing the film just weeks before its release.  Ruffalo’s nonprofit, Water Defense, also investigates water testing and protection measures, and he is a co-founder of The Solutions Project.

Public Herald also seeks solutions to increase its sustainability, which is why the team chose Tesla Motors for its transportation. “Imagine crossing the country without using a single drop of gasoline,” said Troutman.  “Tesla’s model may be a way to lessen the impact of fossil fuels on society and the climate.  We’ll share our review of the experience online, and those who attend screenings will get to check out the car in person.” 

Triple Divide’s namesake, the triple continental divide in Pennsylvania, is 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 drinking water for millions of people and hundreds of communities downstream.

The filmmakers will have screenings in West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, California, Colorado, Montana, and Michigan with stops in between. For a detailed list of screening times and locations, visit http://tripledividefilm.org/screenings.  For video clips see TripleDivideFilm.org.  Also follow @PublicHerald and #TripleDivide.


Saturday, June 21st, 7:00pm at Hyma Auditorium, Christopher Hall of Science, West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon for the Annual Marcellus Academy.

Wednesday, June 25, 5:30pm at the Fairmont State University, Caperton Center, 501 W. Main Street in Clarksburg.

Friday, June 27 at 7pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Boulevard West in Charleston.

Sunday, June 29 at 2pm at Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling

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 CARE Campaign Needs Your Support!

For over six months, the Citizen Action for Real Enforcement (CARE) Campaign has been our boots on the ground bringing together citizens and groups across the state to demand accountability from the state’s government and address decades of failures by regulatory agencies. Thanks to funding from Coal River Mountain Watch, the hard workers responsible for carrying on the momentum have been supported full time. Now they need community members to give back. Please visit their page to learn more about the campaign and how you can support their efforts.

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 AWARE Holding Art Sale and Concert to Support Environmental Organizations

Artists Working in Alliance to Restore the Environment (AWARE) is hosting an Art Sale and Music Event on Thursday, July 3 from 7-11pm at the Woman’s Club. Suggested minimum donation is $25. There will be snacks and a cash bar.

Enjoy music by Qiet, the Carpenter Ants, Colleen Anderson and George Castelle, Trish Anslet, Jeff Ellis, Paul Epstein, Mike Pushkin, and Andy Park! Art will be featured by Mark Blumenstein, Stephanie Danz, Ginger Danz, Al Peery, and more!

Doors open at 6:30pm. Advance tickets for sale at CAG.

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 Register NOW for Marcellus Academy 2014

There’s still time to enroll in Sierra Club’s Marcellus Academy and gain the skills needed to be an effective opponent against the forces that seek to turn our hills into industrial sites.  

Marcellus Academy 2014

Presented by the WV Sierra Club 

Learn what to look for, what the law says, how to take it all home.

A Weekend of Free Presentations on Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling

                   June 21-22, 2014, WV Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV

This year’s emphasis will be on working to solve and overcome the problems suffered by families and communities in West Virginia when they are challenged by the onslaught of unwanted noxious incursions into their lives.

Marcellus Academy 2014 will train emerging activists who can proactively work on Marcellus gas drilling issues in their communities.  With ever increasing industrial-scale drilling sites causing major problems with our water, our land, our air and our health, these workshops will focus on giving you the tools to effectively organize others, build grassroots networks of ‘reporters’ who can monitor industry practices, and help guide local leaders toward environmentally sound Marcellus policies.

Emphasis will be on activism and recruiting other concerned citizens. Attendees will be limited to those who can clearly commit to organizing people in their area by holding meetings, giving presentations, organizing house parties and speaking out to build public awareness.

People living in counties heavily affected by gas drilling are especially encouraged to attend.  Applicants are not required to be affiliated with any particular environmental organization, but you must be a West Virginia resident. 

If you cannot attend but know of someone in your community who meets guidelines and could benefit from participating, please pass this on to them.

Space is limited. Please apply by June 15th by contacting Chuck Wyrostock at outreach@marcellus-wv.com or 877 252 0257.

Marcellus Academy 2014 workshops include:

         Doing your homework—becoming better informed activists and well watchers

         Knowing your rights during non-violent protests and video documentation

         A brief look at West Virginia laws that relate to oil and gas activity, specifically those that fall under DEP oversight

         How to write op-ed pieces, letters to the editor and attract media coverage 

         Using FracTracker maps and information services to examine oil and gas activities in your community

         “Self Care for Activists” How to maintain your sanity and turn perceived set-backs into opportunities             

         PowerPoint: Powerful Tools You Can Use In Your Community.

         What do different trucks and equipment on our roads mean? A typical sequence for Marcellus shale gas operations

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