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
Sandra 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
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
Robert 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
Recent Speaking Engagements
Summit for a Clean Energy Revolution07/23/16(Philadelphia, PA)
Wenonah Hauter's Frackopoly Book Launch and Forum06/09/16(New York, NY)
Public Conversation about Health and Environmental Impacts of Fracking – Experiences of the US and Mexico05/19/16(FLASCO, Mexico City)
Public Forum at ENAH on the Impacts of Fracking and the Experiences in the US and Mexico05/17/16(Mexico City)
Earth Week Keynote Speaker04/21/16(Geneseo, NY)
In the Media
- The Democratic Party has Made a Big Shift Toward Climate Action in the Last Four Years Jul 24, 2016
“‘Elected officials don’t respond to the data alone, but they do respond to an inflamed public that knows the data,’ said Sandra Steingraber, a biologist and anti-fracking activist, at the Summit for a Clean Energy Revolution, a gathering of clean energy activists in Philadelphia on Saturday.” Steingraber is quoted on Grist.org on the eve of the Democratic National Convention 2016. Read the article
- Thousands March in Center City Against Fossil Fuels Jul 24, 2016
“’I’ve spent a lot of time looking at the public health effects of the fossil fuel industry,’ said Sandra Steingraber, a biologist and anti-fracking activist. ‘It is science that is the grand marshal of this parade of ours. Because what the evidence shows is that the unholy trinity of fossil fuels — coal, oil and gas — is killing the planet and killing us.’” Steingraber is quoted on phillymag.com on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. Read the article
- Moyers & Company Morning Reads Jul 01, 2016
“Not making this up –> The trial of an environmental protestor arrested while seeking to block a natural gas storage facility in upstate New York turned into farce this week, with a judge declaring activist Tom Angie guilty — before his lawyer presented the case for the defense. The prosecutor explained to the judge that this wasn’t how things work in the legal system, to which the judge replied ‘I still find him guilty.’ There’s more. Scientist and activist Sandra Steingraber, a past guest on Moyers & Company, tells the tale.” Read here
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