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

For Our Keiki: An Evening with Dr. Steingraber

Dec 16, 2015(Honolulu, Hawaii)

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Recent Speaking Engagements

On a Planet in Peril and Our Moral Responsibility

10/27/15(Rochester, NY)

Policies of Change Including the Role of Peaceful Civil Disobedience

10/15/15(Stony Brook, NY)

An Evening with Sandra Steingraber: California Fracking and Public Health

10/12/15(San Francisco, CA)

Breast Cancer Action 25th Anniversary Event

10/08/15(San Francisco )

WildEarth Guardians

09/25/15(Santa Fe, NM)

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In the Media

  • The Promise of Fracking: Impact on New York Nov 25, 2015

    by Tom Wilber

    “Sandra Steingraber, an Ithaca College scholar and a high-profile activist and organizer in the Finger Lakes region, noted that one gas project feeds another: ‘Seneca Lake is located upstream from natural gas infrastructure projects throughout New York state, all of which threaten to keep us tied to a ruinous, fossil fuel-dependent past.’” From part 3 of a 3-part Gannett series on fracking. Read the article

  • UPDATE: DSNY, Seneca Meadows Reach Tentative Agreement on $3.3B Contract Nov 24, 2015

    by Kristin Musulin

    “Residents in Finger Lakes don’t seem to agree. ‘The people of the Finger Lakes need an opportunity to voice their concerns about this proposal,’ said Biologist Sandra Steingraber. ‘We do not want the city’s garbage in a landfill in the watershed of Seneca Lake where we have not only a world-class wine tourism destination, but 100,000 people who get their drinking water from this pristine lake.'” Steingraber is quoted on WasteDive. Read the article

  • Legislator’s ‘Deer Season’ Facebook Comment Fires Up LPG Foes Nov 24, 2015

    by David L. Shaw

    “’At the very least, Mr. Barnes’ words are highly inappropriate for an elected official who is sworn to uphold public safety. To joke about climate protesters meeting with stray bullets on social media in the wake of recent and ongoing events in Paris, is reckless and offensive,’ [Steingraber] wrote.” The Finger Lakes Times covers We Are Seneca Lake’s letter to the Schuyler County, New York legislature about a hostile-sounding comment on a Facebook post of the group’s. Read the article

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