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
For Our Keiki: An Evening with Dr. Steingraber12/16/15(Honolulu, Hawaii)
Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground: The International Movement to Ban Fracking12/09/15(Paris, France)
On a Planet in Peril and Our Moral Responsibility10/27/15(Rochester, NY)
Policies of Change Including the Role of Peaceful Civil Disobedience10/15/15(Stony Brook, NY)
An Evening with Sandra Steingraber: California Fracking and Public Health10/12/15(San Francisco, CA)
In the Media
- FRACKED GAS HIGHWAYS: Pipelines Feed Demand, Rattle Neighbors Feb 05, 2016
by Tom Wilber
“’We still share a common goal,’ said Sandra Steingraber, an Ithaca College ecology scholar speaking at a recent rally in Albany. ‘We want an end to New York’s ruinous dependency on fracked gas, along with all of the hateful, harmful infrastructure that comes with it.’” Steingraber is quoted in this in-depth regional USA Today Network piece. Read the article
- Methane Leaks: Communicating a Climate and Health Threat Feb 04, 2016
“Dr. Sandra Steingraber and Alex Nagey of Food and Water Watch talk the Porter Ranch methane disaster and how methane from fracked gas continues threaten the planet and communities.” Listen to the podcast
- Talking With Naomi Klein: Climate Change “Not Just About Things Getting Hotter… It’s About Things Getting Meaner” Feb 04, 2016
by Michael Winship
“[M]uch of our audience was composed of environmentalists and concerned citizens, including a contingent from We Are Seneca Lake, the grassroots campaign fighting against the use of crumbling salt mines under the hillsides to store fracked natural gas and liquefied petroleum gases. (One of its leaders is biologist, mother and Moyers & Company guest Sandra Steingraber.)” Huff Post Green covers the recent visit of Naomi Klein to the Finger Lakes region of New York. Read the article.
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