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
American Ethical Union 100th AssemblyJun 27, 2015(Stamford, CT)
WildEarth GuardiansSep 25, 2015(Santa Fe, NM)
Recent Speaking Engagements
Transforming NYS to a Fossil Fuel Free Future: Why and How04/27/15(Tully, NY)
An Evening with Sandra Steingraber04/20/15(Oberlin, OH)
The Whole Fracking Enchilada04/14/15(Aurora, NY)
Book Discussion With Ecologist/Author Sandra Steingraber04/06/15(Pittsburgh, PA)
Fracking is a Feminist Issue: Women Confronting Fossil Fuels and Petrochemicals in an Age of Climate Emergency04/06/15(Pittsburgh, PA)
In the Media
- “We Are Seneca Lake”: Josh Fox and Fracking Opponents Fight Natural Gas Storage Site in Upstate New York May 19, 2015
“We Are Seneca Lake, in doing these themed blockades, have cut their teeth in the anti-fracking movement and have experienced that victory, so hard-won, only to turn around and see that we’re getting fracked through these infrastructure projects that are being decided in places like the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in D.C., and local people have no control over that.” The transcript of the mini-documentary by filmmaker Josh Fox, featuring himself and Steingraber, is provided in this piece on the Truthout website. Read the article
- Exclusive: Anti-Fracking Filmmaker Josh Fox Arrested In Finger Lakes Protest May 13, 2015
by James Joiner
“Acclaimed author and biologist Sandra Steingraber is one of the driving forces behind the protests, which happen under the collective auspices of a group calling itself We Are Seneca Lake.” The Daily Beast cover filmmaker Josh Fox’s arrest as part of the We Are Seneca Lake movement, and background on the issue. Read the article and see mini-documentary
- Fracking Problems: Activist Analyzes Hydrofracking and Its Effects During Wells College Forum Apr 17, 2015
by Greg Mason
“‘Why is it that we’re keeping closer tabs on the stock market than the plankton stocks?’ she said, explaining how plankton are responsible for half of the planet’s available oxygen.” The Auburn Citizen covers Steingraber’s talk at Wells College. Read the article
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