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

Prevention Speaks: Fracking and Public Right-to-Know

Sep 03, 2014(Online)

Seneca Lakes Pure Waters Association Annual Meeting and Dinner

Sep 17, 2014(Watkins Glen, NY)

Lafayette College

Sep 20, 2014(Easton, PA)

Hartwick College

Sep 25, 2014(Oneonta, NY)

Future First 2014 Women's Congress for Future Generations

Nov 07, 2014 - Nov 09, 2014(Minneapolis, MN)

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Recent Speaking Engagements

Building a Movement of Movements: Towards the Peoples Climate March in NYC

08/22/14(Boston, MA)

Carleton College

05/16/14(Northfield, MN)

Kewaunee CARES & Clean Water Action Council

05/10/14(Green Bay, WI)

Lannan Foundation

05/07/14(Santa Fe, NM)

DePauw University

04/23/14(Greencastle, IN)

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In the Media

  • Statement in Response to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Regulations on Fracking Released Today Aug 29, 2014


    In response to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources regulations on fracking released today, science advisor to Americans Against Fracking, Sandra Steingraber, issued the following statement:

    “The revised fracking rules released by IDNR are little more than an attempt to put filters on cigarettes.  These regulations cannot fix the chronic problems from well casing failures, to which the industry itself admits, or solve the problem of toxic air pollution or the high fatality rates for workers. They betray their mandate to protect the health and environment of Illinois residents. Over 30,000 Illinoisans submitted comments condemning the abysmally weak fracking rules released by IDNR last winter. Today’s revisions fly in the face of the more than 100 scientific studies that have been published in the last two years and that point to the intractable problems of fracking. Governor Quinn should fulfill his commitment to protect Illinoisans, approve no fracking permits, and work with communities across the state to keep fracking out of Illinois for the protection of the state’s water, air, public health, and future generations.”
    The Illinois revised fracking rules are here.
  • Wineries, Municipalities, and Residents Say No to Gas Strorage in the Finger Lakes Aug 20, 2014

    “With only days notice, over 300 assembled at the Crestwood on Route 14 north of Watkins Glen on Monday, August 18 to demand redress. Many pledged to engage in non-violent civil resistance if Crestwood’s project goes ahead.” Watch the video. Steingraber’s remarks at 3:00 and 30:40.

  • Crestwood Picketed; Company Says Construction Has Not Started Aug 19, 2014

    by David L. Shaw

    “’With one voice, the entire Finger Lakes community brings this message for Crestwood today: Stop trespassing in our home. Seneca Lake is not the Houston shipping channel; it’s our drinking water,’ said Sandra Steingraber, a scholar in residence at Ithaca College. ‘Your plans for lakeside gas and LPG storage here are a menace to us and to our children. And, in opposition, we will not back down.’” Read the article

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