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
Rachel Carson 75th Anniversary Jubilee Celebration and Colloquium11/30/16(Washington, DC)
State of New York Sustainability Conference 201611/02/16(New Paltz, NY)
Jornadas Internacionales de Fracking y Salud - Neuquén10/27/16(Neuquén, Patagonia)
Jornadas Internacionales de Salud y Fracking10/25/16 - 10/26/16(Buenos Aires)
Art & Ecology: Artists and Their Passions II10/23/16(Homer, NY)
In the Media
- Native American Group Holds Vigil to Defend Natives’ Rights Nov 16, 2016
by Grace Elletson and Kayla Dwyer
“’When you’re defending water … you’re defending life itself,’ said Sandra Steingraber, distinguished scholar in residence in the Department of Environmental Studies and Science, onstage during the rally. ‘We all must be now like rocks and stand up in our community.’” Steingraber addresses a gathering about the Dakota Access pipeline on an international day of action. Read the article
- The Costs of Fracking – An Interview with US Specialists in Argentina Nov 03, 2016
by Nick Phillips
“Our job was to simply say: Your personal observations in this community are replicated over and over again and there are now 900 studies in the published literature that say that this is exactly what’s going to happen [as a result of fracking].” The Argentina Independent interviewed Steingraber and colleagues during their conference and tour in that country in late October 2016. Read the article
- Neoyorquinas Antifracking se Reúnen con Mapuches Oct 29, 2016
“Anti-fracking New Yorkers meet Mapuches,” reads the headline of this regional coverage of the New York delegation’s visit to the Neuquén Basin, Patagonia, Argentina site of over 400 fracked wells. Steingraber is quoted describing fracking as the worst of U.S. exports. Read the article (Spanish)
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