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
Transforming NYS to a Fossil Fuel Free Future: Why and HowApr 27, 2015(Tully, NY)
WildEarth GuardiansSep 25, 2015(Santa Fe, NM)
Recent Speaking Engagements
An Evening with Sandra Steingraber04/20/15(Oberlin, OH)
The Whole Fracking Enchilada04/14/15(Aurora, NY)
Fracking is a Feminist Issue: Women Confronting Fossil Fuels and Petrochemicals in an Age of Climate Emergency04/06/15(Pittsburgh, PA)
Book Discussion With Ecologist/Author Sandra Steingraber04/06/15(Pittsburgh, PA)
Teach-In + 50: End the War Against the Planet03/28/15(Ann Arbor, MI)
In the Media
- 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
- EDF Sparks Mistrust, and Admiration, With Its Methane Research Apr 08, 2015
by Lisa Song and Katherine Bagley
“‘What EDF is trying to do is put filters on cigarettes,’ said Sandra Steingraber, a prominent activist, biologist and scholar-in-residence at New York’s Ithaca College. ‘There’s no way we can frack our way to climate stability. There’s no scientific evidence for that.'” Read the article
- Feminism and Fracking: Activist speaks at Pitt Apr 06, 2015
by Mark Pesto
“Steingraber said the current environmental crisis should be thought of as a tree with two branches: planet and people. The planet suffers from floods, droughts and extinctions, while people are subjected to the various diseases and birth defects caused by toxic pollutants.” The Pitt News covers Dr. Steingraber’s talk at the University of Pittsburgh. Read the article
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