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

University of Iowa

Mar 07, 2015(Iowa City, IA)

WildEarth Guardians

Sep 25, 2015(Santa Fe, NM)

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Recent Speaking Engagements

Hydrofracking, the State of our State, and the Witness of Civil Disobedience

11/15/14(New York, NY)

Future First 2014 Women's Congress for Future Generations

11/07/14 - 11/09/14(Minneapolis, MN)

Hartwick College

09/25/14(Oneonta, NY)

Roundtable Discussion: Fighting Fracking to Save the Climate

09/21/14(New York, NY)

The Solutions Grassroots Tour

09/21/14(Brooklyn, NY)

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In the Media

  • Environmentalists Make their Post-Fracking Plans Dec 19, 2014

    by Scott Waldman

    “Sandra Steingraber, a prominent anti-fracking activist and Ithaca College scholar-in-residence, said she had received 1,900 emails in the last 24 hours from as far away as South Africa to get advice on how to copy New York’s success. She said her next concern would be pressing the Cuomo administration to reduce the state’s reliance on fossil fuels.” Capital interviews Steingraber at the New York fracking ban celebration in Albany. Read the article

  • New York Says No to Fracking: State Bans Drilling Following Grassroots Outcry Over Public Health Dec 19, 2014

    “New York has become the first state in the nation with major natural gas deposits to ban the oil and gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, citing potential risks to public health. … We speak to biologist, activist and author Sandra Steingraber, co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking.” Dr. Steingraber appears on Democracy Now! at the end of the week in which New York State banned fracking. Watch here

  • Environmentalists Are Gearing Up for the Next Phase of New York’s Fracking Wars Dec 18, 2014

    by Peter Rugh

    “‘They’ve fracked so much gas out of the ground now that there’s a glut of it,’ said Sandra Steingraber, a biologist at Ithaca College and a vocal opponent of fracking. ‘Natural gas storage projects don’t just represent environmental health problems in the long run — water contamination, air pollution, which is what fracking gives us — they also represent basic safety issues,’ she added, emphasizing that natural gas is also highly explosive.” Vice covers responses to the New York State fracking ban. Read the article

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