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
Sandra 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
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
Robert 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
Beyond the Ban: Fracking, Health & Infrastructure in New York State from Port Ambrose to Seneca LakeFeb 26, 2015(Ithaca, NY)
University of IowaMar 07, 2015(Iowa City, IA)
WildEarth GuardiansSep 25, 2015(Santa Fe, NM)
Recent Speaking Engagements
Hydrofracking, the State of our State, and the Witness of Civil Disobedience11/15/14(New York, NY)
Future First 2014 Women's Congress for Future Generations11/07/14 - 11/09/14(Minneapolis, MN)
Hartwick College09/25/14(Oneonta, NY)
Roundtable Discussion: Fighting Fracking to Save the Climate09/21/14(New York, NY)
The Solutions Grassroots Tour09/21/14(Brooklyn, NY)
In the Media
- Message to the UK: The Fracking Bridge is Already Burning Jan 24, 2015
by Naomi Klein
“Last month came the huge news that New York State would ban fracking, following a steady stream of bans and moratoria passed in local communities, as well as years of sustained pressure from the activists and scientists—like biologist and author Sandra Steingraber, co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking—who have tirelessly documented and spread the word about the health and climate impacts.” Klein gives a shout-out to Steingraber and New York State in her message to the U.K. about fracking on CommonDreams.org. Read the article
- Science, Courage Behind High-Volume Fracking Ban Jan 24, 2015
“New York now serves as a shining example for the rest of the country to follow. Independent scientists and health experts showed the importance of sharing our expertise with the public at large and urging that policy follow the science and put public health first.” Drs. Steingraber and Tony Ingraffea, professor emeritus at Cornell University, share their thoughts on the New York State fracking ban in the Press & Sun Bulletin. Read the article
- How We Banned Fracking in New York Jan 22, 2015
“It’s a tale in which we all are—each one of us is—a starring character and a co-author. We are the maker of this story that has been shaped by our unceasing, unrelenting efforts—all of which mattered and made a difference.” Steingraber’s address to the crowd celebrating New York’s ban on fracking in Albany published on EcoWatch. Read the address
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