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.
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Women on the Front Lines of Climate Change09/20/16(Ithaca, NY)
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“Be Arrested If Necessary”: The Case for Science in Action09/07/16(Cedar Falls, IA)
Morningside College Sustainability Lecture09/06/16(Sioux City, Iowa)
Summit for a Clean Energy Revolution07/23/16(Philadelphia, PA)
In the Media
- Sandra Steingraber Is Good at Going to Jail Sep 01, 2016
by Clare Roth and Charity Nebbe
“There’s no one right answer. There’s a lot of arrows in our quiver. Whenever possible, science should prevail and that should be enough. But social movements can open the door for science to speak.” Steingraber spoke with Iowa Public Radio. Read and listen here
- When Protest Becomes Sacrament: Grady Sisters Heed a Higher Call Aug 10, 2016
by Nicholas Kusnetz
“‘I guess I thought, if you won’t listen to me as a health biologist, then you’ll have to listen to me as a mother,’ she said. ‘I’ll put my body between the compressor station and the trucks.'” Steingraber is quoted in this InsideClimate News piece on the role of Catholic Workers and others in the movement to protect Seneca Lake from gas storage. Read the article
- The Democratic Party has Made a Big Shift Toward Climate Action in the Last Four Years Jul 24, 2016
by Ben Adler
“‘Elected officials don’t respond to the data alone, but they do respond to an inflamed public that knows the data,’ said Sandra Steingraber, a biologist and anti-fracking activist, at the Summit for a Clean Energy Revolution, a gathering of clean energy activists in Philadelphia on Saturday.” Steingraber is quoted on Grist.org on the eve of the Democratic National Convention 2016. Read the article
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