a selection of published papers, essays, and other short works


Sandra’s collected EcoWatch columns are here.

Sandra’s Orion Magazine pieces are here.

Sandra’s Huffington Post articles are here.


The People Win Over Shell in Fracking Water Withdrawal Case

January 7th, 2016

“[B]y rejecting the notion that drinking water can be labeled it as ‘surplus property’ and sold off for export, like so many extra snowplows—sans environmental review—the court shines a bright light on the whole issue of water rights.” Steingraber explains the recent victory over a Shell Oil subsidiary and the Painted Post, New York water withdrawal project, on EcoWatch. Read the article

And the Climate Pretender Award Goes to …

December 19th, 2015

“Let’s call it the Climate Pretender Award, given to those who—for the purposes of attaining admiration, influence, grant money or a political legacy—best mimics the speech of a world climate leader while making precious little effort to keep fossil fuels in the ground, uncombusted.” Steingraber reports from the Paris Climate talks on the difference between words and actions from California’s governor. Read the article

Guest Opinion | What’s Wrong With This Picture?

December 16th, 2015

“While 190 countries worked out an agreement in Paris to limit the global emissions of greenhouse gases, the editor of the Ithaca Times chose to depict local environmentalists as NIMBYs who simply wish to push greenhouse gas emissions to other locales. Nothing could be further from the truth.” Steingraber joins other scientists in her region in responding to an editorial supporting “fossil fuel generation of electricity with no mention whatsoever of climate change implications.” Read the article

Patti Smith, Thom Yorke and Flea Rock Out at Pathway to Paris Concert

December 8th, 2015

“Is it possible to have a music concert in Paris after Nov. 13? And, if so, can the music give voice to the emergency of climate change and the desperate hope for a meaningful climate treaty, which is now being drafted in this very same city?

“The answer is a grief-filled, joy-filled, resounding yes!” Steingraber writes from Paris, while participating in events around the COP21 climate talks. Read the article

Oil and Water Don’t Mix: California Must Ban Fracking

October 14th, 2015

“Gov. Brown has a choice. He can allow outdated and dangerous energy practices to continue to threaten California’s limited water resources and public health. Or he can stop it. The world is watching.” Steingraber provides a dispatch from California, on Ecowatch. Read the article

4 More from Tompkins Arrested at Crestwood Gates

June 1st, 2015

“Wearing surgical scrubs and lab coats, seven gas storage protesters led by area healthcare professionals formed a human blockade shortly before 7:30 a.m. this morning at the north entrances of Crestwood Midstream on Route 14 and prevented all traffic from entering or leaving the site. It was an act of civil disobedience.” Steingraber describes a health care provider blockade to protect Seneca Lake, with quotes from participants. Read the article

Final Fracking Review for Ban Released

May 20th, 2015

“Make no mistake: a ban on high-volume fracking is what we have achieved here in New York and we will accept no less.” Steingraber writes about the final fracking review, released in May 2015, on behalf of New Yorkers Against Fracking. Read the statement

The Speech I Gave to FERC From Baggage Claim Area 3

March 5th, 2015

“[F]rom Port Ambrose to Seneca Lake, we are being threatened by FERC- approved, fossil-fuel infrastructure projects. They are a ball and chain that keep us bound to a ruinous past and thwart our progress.” Steingraber’s remarks to chief commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner (FERC) Cheryl LeFleur and staffers, published on EcoWatch. Read her remarks

Dispatches from the Seneca Lake Uprising

February 12th, 2015

“Brine pits. Flare stacks. Pipelines. Compressor stations. Tanker trains hauling explosive liquids across rickety rail trestles that traverse waterfall-filled—and tourist-filled—gorges. You’d be mad, too, if you lived here.” Steingraber provides an update on the We Are Seneca Lake movement on Ecowatch. Read the article

Science, Courage Behind High-Volume Fracking Ban

January 24th, 2015

“New York now serves as a shining example for the rest of the country to follow. Independent scientists and health experts showed the importance of sharing our expertise with the public at large and urging that policy follow the science and put public health first.” Drs. Steingraber and Tony Ingraffea, professor emeritus at Cornell University, share their thoughts on the New York State fracking ban in the Press & Sun Bulletin. Read the article