WV Citizen Action Group
Action Alert
June 27

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 WV Groups Hosting Investigative News Team and "Triple Divide" Screening TONIGHT in Charleston, 7PM

This summer communities across the country have the opportunity to see the investigative documentary "Triple Divide" about fracking in the Marcellus Shale. The film makers are coming to WV as part of a cross county tour supported by an INNovation Fund grant awarded by the Investigative News Network (INN) with funds from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Various local groups are co-sponsoring the screenings including North Central WV Democracy for America, WV Citizen Action Group, WV Rivers Coalition, WV Chapter of the Sierra Club and WV-SORO.

The the film screens TONIGHT, Friday, June 27, 7PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Boulevard West, Charleston.

There's also a screening  in Wheeling this Sunday, June 29 at 2 p.m. at the Ohio County Public Library.

The documentary is the feature debut of journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman.

“Triple Divide is about how water and energy connect us all,” said Troutman.  An investigative documentary about impacts from fracking in the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania, Triple Divide has been called “a bombshell" and will tour the United States from June thru November. 

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.

According to Pribanic and Troutman, Triple Divide reveals how one state’s ‘world-class regulations’ fail to protect people, communities, and the environment.  They believe it offers an opportunity for people on any side of the issue to come together and discuss solutions. To increase the ability to track human and environmental health complaints, Public Herald started the #Fileroom project, which it plans to discuss and gather data for during the tour as well.

Academy Award-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo co-narrates the documentary. 

The film's website is http://TripleDivideFilm.org and you can read reviews at http://tripledividefilm.org/about/reviews/.

A playlist of video clips from the film here:

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 New Brooklyn Theater Concludes Run of "Enemy of the People" This Weekend

Also tonight, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Charleston, the New Brooklyn Theater concludes its run of an adaptation of An Enemy of the People, Henrik Ibsen's classic play about poisoned water and poisoned politics. Sound familiar? Well, the play is in response to the January 2014 MCHM coal-prep-plant chemical disaster here in central WV.

The play is performed on a specially-built stage right on the Kanawha River, at the Porters Hollow Public Access Dock,1500 MacCorkle Ave., SE, next to the Frontier Building.

Each performance includes a post-performance talkback discussion between the audience, cast, and special invited guests, including elected officials, scientists, activists, and community leaders.

Tickets to all performances are free to the public, but must be booked online here.

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Public Hearing on Kanawha River Water Quality Standards, July 1 at 6PM at DEP Headquarters in Charleston

This public hearing is the opportunity for citizens to offer oral comments on a proposed rule affecting the Kanawha River. The hearing will be held Tuesday, July 1, at 6PM at DEP Headquarters, Coopers Rock Room, 601 57th Street SE, Charleston WV, 25304.

The proposal would redesignate a 70-mile stretch of the Kanawha River for potential drinking-water. That's good news! Read the Charleston Gazette article on the rule here.

Please plan to attend the hearing or submit written comments. Reply to this e-mail if you'd like to receive some helpful information for your comments, information compiled by the WV Rivers Coalition.

Written comments may be submitted to DEP through July 21.

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 Advocates for a Safe Water System Asks to Intervene at PSC -- Take Their Survey & Attend Next Week's Meeting

In another response to the water crisis, Advocates for a Safe Water System filed paperwork earlier this week asking to intervene in the Public Service Commission's investigation of West Virginia American Water.

The group also launched a Facebook page and survey about the water utility.  Please "like" their page and take/share the survey!

Advocates for a Safe Water System will hold a meeting Wednesday, July 2, from 7-9pm at Asbury United Methodist Church in Charleston to talk about public outreach around the Public Service Commission's investigation of the water company. Please come and bring a friend!

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Artists Working in Alliance to Restore the Environment (AWARE) Hosting            Benefit Concert & Art Sale July 3

Artists Working in Alliance to Restore the Environment (AWARE) is hosting an art sale and concert at the Woman’s Club in Charleston, Thursday, July 3, 7-11PM. 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. The event features the artwork of Mark Blumenstein, Stephanie Danz, Ginger Danz, Al Peery and more. Funds go to support local environmental groups.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. Advance tickets available at WV-CAG.

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