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“Our beautiful lake is being turned into a gas station for fracking”

November 20th, 2014

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.

Under the Surface: Fracking Wastewater Proves Devastating to Mayflies

May 20th, 2014

by Roger Drouin

In this article covering findings on fracking pollution impacts on the mayfly, “long-considered a key indicator of stream health,” Steingraber is quoted extensively. “‘Their hatching provides the basis for the whole food chain,’ Steingraber said. ‘This is a study that would certainly make a trout fisher stand up and pay attention.'” Read the full article

Speaker Cites Climate Change as Biggest Threat to Health

May 14th, 2014

By Ramelle Bintz

“Steingraber blended her scientific knowledge in a calm, deliberate manner laying the background as a science educator. After explaining what is meant by “climate change” she talked about the economics of environmental hazards posed by businesses that threaten public health. She folded those statistics into her own personal fight against toxins contaminating the air, food and water.”  Read the full article

Delivering a Call to Environmental Activism

May 9th, 2014

By Jim Lundstrom

In advance of a keynote address at a conference in northeast Wisconsin, Steingraber said, “’… I think a lot of good ideas are being held hostage right now by the oil and gas industry, and those include really great technological innovations, solar and wind power being one, but also green chemistry, which shows us how we can solve problems using different materials that don’t necessarily cause cancer in people.'” Read the full article

New York Times Letter to the Editor, in response to “The Right Way to Develop Shale Gas”

May 9th, 2014

Co-founders of Concerned Health Professionals of New York, Shelia Bushkin-Bedient and Sandra Steingraber, respond to the claim that shale gas can be developed safely. “In short, no evidence exists for the claim that regulations can adequately protect the health of families living near the gas fields. Hence, there is no way to devise ‘sensible rules.’” Read the Letter

The Long View: Environmental Activist Sandra Steingraber

May 2nd, 2014

by Jennifer Levin

“Steingraber advocates for bypassing natural gas and going straight to wind, solar, and water power for our energy… ‘This is a transformation required of us as a human race. We need to put our ingenuity, imagination, creativity, and engineering toward this.'” Read the full article

Huffington Post Articles

November 19th, 2013


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When Cowboys Cry

May 15th, 2011

“LAST NOVEMBER, at the annual meeting of the Northern Plains Resource Council, which took place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Billings, Montana, I watched a cowboy cry.” Read the ORION article

Mind Games

March 15th, 2011

“WHEN MY HUSBAND AND I SET OUT to find a nursery school for our daughter, Faith, nearly ten years ago we took the decision seriously. I looked at large parent-run cooperatives and visited small home-based operations. Jeff studied the pink towers and chiming bells at the Montessori school on the hill and considered the wonder balls and wooden fairies at the Waldorf school in the valley. In the end, we chose a nursery school that operated out of a community center close to home. There was a frog pond out front and a play structure out back. The trees were full of chickadees and nuthatches. We had weighed many considerations in the decision-making process, and we all, Faith included, were happy about it.” Read the ORION article

Fracking Democracy

January 15th, 2011

“THE EPA’s Hydraulic Fracturing Public Informational Meeting was probably the strangest exhibition of performance art ever to grace the stage of the Broome County Forum Theater in Binghamton, New York.” Read the ORION article