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

WildEarth Guardians

Sep 25, 2015(Santa Fe, NM)

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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

  • Protesters organized, ready for arrest at Seneca Lake Jun 26, 2015

    by Tom Wilber

    “Steingraber, an ecologist and scholar in residence at Ithaca College, is a prominent figure in the movement against fracking in New York. After her own arrest for blockading the Crestwood LPG site last fall, she elected to serve a 15-day jail sentence rather than pay a fine.” Coverage of We Are Seneca Lake civil disobedience actions is part of a Gannett series on gas storage on Seneca Lake. Read the article

  • What the sides are saying about LPG gas storage plan Jun 26, 2015

    by Staff Report

    “Opposition to LPG storage arises from the fact that the risk of explosion imperils the whole community, the danger of water contamination threatens drinking water in four counties, and the heavy industrialization of Seneca Lake jeopardizes a now-thriving wine, food, and tourism economy for whole region. The many risks of this project seem, to many people, regressive and reckless.” Steingraber is quoted in one of the articles comprising a Southern Tier, NY, Gannett newspaper series on Seneca Lake gas storage. Read the article

  • Ecologist Not Buying EPA Fracking Study Jun 05, 2015

    by Julia Limitone

    “’New York State has made a wise decision in banning fracking … the fact that they already found cases of drinking water contamination means we have to take this very seriously. All drinking water is connected … any contamination is serious. As a biologist and cancer survivor … it is wrong to develop a form of energy that poisons people; we can do better than that in the U.S.,’ she said.” Steingraber appeared on Fox Business News following the release of the EPA’s report on fracking and drinking water. Watch the video and read the article

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