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

A Solar Home Companion in Watkins Glen

Mar 02, 2015(Watkins Glen, NY)

University of Iowa

Mar 07, 2015(Iowa City, IA)

Teach-In + 50: End the War Against the Planet

Mar 28, 2015(Ann Arbor, MI)

The Whole Fracking Enchilada

Apr 14, 2015(Aurora, NY)
More information: Wells College Center for Sustainability and the Environment at 315-364-3304 or mbrown[at]wells.edu

WildEarth Guardians

Sep 25, 2015(Santa Fe, NM)

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Recent Speaking Engagements

A Solar Home Companion in Ithaca

02/28/15(Ithaca, NY)

Beyond the Ban: Fracking, Health & Infrastructure in New York State from Port Ambrose to Seneca Lake

02/26/15(Ithaca, NY)

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)

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In the Media

  • How New York Activists Banned Fracking Feb 27, 2015

    by Eric Weltman

    “Ultimately, said Steingraber, ‘The movement carried the science into the public arena.’” In These Times on how New York activists banned fracking. Read the article

  • CLEAR MESSAGE: About 300 Descend on Geneva for a Rally, March in Support of Seneca Lake Feb 01, 2015

    by Jim Miller

    “We can keep this going for a very long time, and we intend to do so.” Steingraber is quoted from her remarks to the over 300 people who rallied and marched in Geneva, New York, against proposed gas storage in salt caverns adjacent to Seneca Lake. Read the article

  • 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

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