New York State Becomes the First State with Significant Shale Gas to Ban Fracking

On December 17, 2014, at the conclusion of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet meeting, acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker recommended the state reject high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The Cuomo administration will now move to prohibit fracking statewide. Dr. Steingraber: “This victory is an incredible affirmation of science and the principles of public health.”

Our beautiful lake is being turned into a gas station for fracking

On November 19, 2014, Sandra Steingraber was sentenced to jail for the second time for peaceful civil disobedience in defense of Seneca Lake. Dr. Steingraber was arrested with others while protesting Texas-based Crestwood’s plans for gas storage expansion in abandoned salt caverns along Seneca Lake, in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Just before her sentencing, Dr. Steingraber videotaped an interview with the Laura Flanders Show, introducing viewers to We Are Seneca Lake, an ongoing civil disobedience uprising to protect the region.

May 2014 Letter to New York Governor Cuomo and Acting Department of Health Commissioner Zucker

CHPNY-logo-460pxSandra Steingraber is co-founder of Concerned Health Professionals of New York (CHPNY), an initiative to amplify the voices of hundreds of health professionals in New York about fracking. On May 29, 2014, joined by 25 health and medical organizations and over 200 individual health professionals and scientists, they wrote, “[t]he totality of the science… shows that permitting fracking in New York would pose significant threats to the air, water, health and safety of New Yorkers.” Read the full letter

A New Environmentalism for an Unfractured Future: European Commission “Green Week” 2014 Screen shot 2014-06-06 at 1.00.37 PM

Steingraber presented a keynote speech for the New Environmentalism Summit of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. Watch the video or read the transcript


Sandra Steingraber Speaks on the Health Impacts of Fracking in Pungesti, Romania


Read Steingraber’s statement responding to events she witnessed in Pungesti with the community.


Short Video: Fracking and the Un-Hoodwinking of America

New Yorkers Against Fracking


In 2011, Sandra Steingraber received the prestigious Heinz Award. By donating the cash prize to the anti-fracking movement, she became, in 2012, the co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking, a statewide coalition of more than 280 grassroots organizations.

Americans Who Tell the Truth Portrait

ShetterlyPortraitRobert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. See AWTT’s page on Sandra Steingraber.



Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Summit for a Clean Energy Revolution

Jul 23, 2016(Philadelphia, PA)

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Recent Speaking Engagements

Wenonah Hauter's Frackopoly Book Launch and Forum

06/09/16(New York, NY)

Public Conversation about Health and Environmental Impacts of Fracking – Experiences of the US and Mexico

05/19/16(FLASCO, Mexico City)

Public Forum at ENAH on the Impacts of Fracking and the Experiences in the US and Mexico

05/17/16(Mexico City)

Earth Week Keynote Speaker

04/21/16(Geneseo, NY)

Rally for Democracy

04/17/16(Washington, DC)

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In the Media

  • May 23, 2016: New Yorkers for Responsible Lending, Vin Bonventre, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Step Therapy May 23, 2016

    by Aliyssa Plock

    “Dr. Sandra Steingraber, an environmental advocate, author and distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Ithaca College, shares the latest on Seneca Lake LPG storage and FERC’s decision to extend the project.” Steingraber was a guest on The Capitol Pressroom today. Listen to the podcast

  • Crestwood Joins with Con Edison Apr 27, 2016

    by Peter Mantius

    “‘At a time when Gov. Andrew Cuomo has struck a bold course on climate, a New York energy giant is investing nearly a billion dollars to tie a fossil fuel ball and chain to downstate residents while putting upstate lives at risk — along with drinking water and climate,’ said Sandra Steingraber, a member of the steering committee of We Are Seneca Lake, a group organized to prevent storage of natural gas or liquid petroleum gas next to the lake.” The Observer Review & Express covers the recent Con Ed purchase of Crestwood’s gas transportation and storage in New York. Read the article

  • “A vote for Hillary is a vote for fracking”: Josh Fox talks Bernie Sanders, Climate Change and the Political Revolution We Need Apr 16, 2016

    by Alexander Zaitchik

    “In Kingston, anti-fracking leaders like Sandra Steingraber spoke of the urgency of denying New York’s delegates to Hilary Clinton, a supporter of ‘regulated fracking,’ who as Secretary of State launched the Global Shale Gas Initiative to promote fracking in 32 countries.” Salon covers recent New York State-based activity examining the record of the Democratic primary contenders on fracking, as well as filmmaker Josh Fox’s new film. Read the article

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