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

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

State of New York Sustainability Conference 2016

Nov 02, 2016(New Paltz, NY)

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Recent Speaking Engagements

Art & Ecology: Artists and Their Passions II

10/23/16(Homer, NY)

Fracked Out: Drinking Water versus Oil in an Age of Extreme Fossil Fuel Extraction

10/20/16(Merced, CA)

Women on the Front Lines of Climate Change

09/20/16(Ithaca, NY)

12th Annual Co-op Power Regional Sustainability Summit

09/17/16(Northampton, Mass)

“Be Arrested If Necessary”: The Case for Science in Action

09/07/16(Cedar Falls, IA)

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In the Media

  • Guest View: The Costly Reality of Fossil Fuels Oct 21, 2016

    by Kamyar Enshayan

    “As ecologist Sandra Steingraber puts it, we need to shut the door on fossil energy as we open the door on conservation and renewable energy.” The director of the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy & Environmental Education quotes Steingraber in making the case for a stop to extreme fossil energy extraction. Read the article

  • The Cost of Chemicals in our Environment Oct 14, 2016

    by Tom Hothem

    “Steingraber’s work – and the work of UC Merced scientists – can help educate us about how we can sustain our state, region and community. It might even renew our sense of California as the steady, abiding landscape it is, strengthening our sense of what it means to live within it.” An article in the Merced Sun-Star discusses Steingraber’s work in advance of her UC Merced public lecture. Read the article

  • Sandra Steingraber Is Good at Going to Jail Sep 01, 2016

    “There’s no one right answer. There’s a lot of arrows in our quiver. Whenever possible, science should prevail and that should be enough. But social movements can open the door for science to speak.” Steingraber spoke with Iowa Public Radio. Read and listen here

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