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

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

Mar 28, 2015(Ann Arbor, MI)

Fracking is a Feminist Issue: Women Confronting Fossil Fuels and Petrochemicals in an Age of Climate Emergency

Apr 06, 2015(Pittsburgh, PA)

Book Discussion With Ecologist/Author Sandra Steingraber

Apr 06, 2015(Pittsburgh, PA)

The Whole Fracking Enchilada

Apr 14, 2015(Aurora, NY)

An Evening with Sandra Steingraber

Apr 20, 2015(Oberlin, OH)

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Recent Speaking Engagements

University of Iowa

03/07/15(Iowa City, IA)

A Solar Home Companion in Watkins Glen

03/02/15(Watkins Glen, NY)

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)

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In the Media

  • Sandra Steingraber on WNBF Mar 20, 2015

    Steingraber was the guest on WNBF Radio’s Bob Joseph show discusssing the dismissal of trespassing charges against dozens of protesters at Crestwood’s proposed gas storage expansion near Watkins Glen along Seneca Lake. Recorded by Shaleshock Media. Listen here

  • Gas Storage Expansion Plans Have Support, Company Says Mar 19, 2015

    by Ray Finger

    “‘The truth is that Crestwood’s proposed gas and LPG storage poses terrible risks and harms to people’s health, our drinking water, our wineries and the Finger Lakes economy,’ said Steingraber.” Read the article

  • Fractivists Look to Next Protest Issue Mar 04, 2015

    by Josh Brokaw

    “Steingraber expressed her hope that the New York fracking resistance will continue to be a resource for fellow travelers in other locations. ‘We not only enjoy an unfractured New York but we see our efforts taken up by people all across the country and in Europe and other places…. We really helped to break [the] spell that fracking is inevitable.'” Read the Ithaca Times article

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