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

Physicians for Social Responsibility: Gala for Peace & Health

Sep 19, 2015(Washington, DC)

WildEarth Guardians

Sep 25, 2015(Santa Fe, NM)

Breast Cancer Action 25th Anniversary Event

Oct 08, 2015(San Francisco )

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Recent Speaking Engagements

American Ethical Union 100th Assembly

06/27/15(Stamford, CT)

Transforming NYS to a Fossil Fuel Free Future: Why and How

04/27/15(Tully, NY)

An Evening with Sandra Steingraber

04/20/15(Oberlin, OH)

The Whole Fracking Enchilada

04/14/15(Aurora, NY)

Fracking is a Feminist Issue: Women Confronting Fossil Fuels and Petrochemicals in an Age of Climate Emergency

04/06/15(Pittsburgh, PA)

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In the Media

  • One of the Brothers in the Hit Documentary “The Wolfpack” Gives a Damn about the Environment Aug 01, 2015

    by Suzanne Jacobs

    “The stories of Lois Gibbs and Rachel Carson and Sandra Steingraber are just amazing; they’re just mindblowing. Those are the kinds of stories that I grew up wanting to see on-screen.” In an interview with Grist.org, Narayana Angulo mentions Steingraber’s influence. Read the interview

  • If The Pope Gets Climate Change, Why Can’t B.C.? Jul 14, 2015
  • Meet the New York State Community That’s Standing Up to Big Energy Jul 09, 2015

    by Ellen Cantarow

    “’We’re in the middle of this climate crisis. Wind and solar are finally ramping up,’ says Seneca Lake activist Sandra Steingraber. ‘In a few years, if we say “energy,” the idea that it would come from fossil fuels might seem as crazy as if we said ‘telecommunications’ and people thought of the electric typewriter.’” The Nation Magazine covers the movement to protect Seneca Lake and its environs from gas storage. Read the article

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