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.


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 He can allow outdated and dangerous energy practices to continue to threaten California’s limited water resources and public health.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

How We Banned Fracking in New York

January 22nd, 2015

“It’s a tale in which we all are—each one of us is—a starring character and a co-author. We are the maker of this story that has been shaped by our unceasing, unrelenting efforts—all of which mattered and made a difference.” Steingraber’s address to the crowd celebrating New York’s ban on fracking in Albany published on EcoWatch. Read the address

200 Arrests in Ongoing Seneca Lake Uprising

January 21st, 2015

“The wise decision by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban fracking in our state—and his corollary announcement of a $20 million green jobs competition—only makes the plan to store mass amounts of fracked gas under our lake seem even more insane.” Steingraber provides an update on the We Are Seneca Lake movement on Ecowatch. Read the article

3º of Injustice

January 8th, 2015

“The outside temperature was three degrees Fahrenheit—with wind chills of minus 10 degrees—when 24 defendants, their families and supporters, members of the interested public and members of the press arrived for arraignments in the Town of Reading courthouse last night.” Steingraber describes the proceedings at the Town of Reading courthouse indoors and out as 30+ civil disobedients, including her husband, are arraigned. Read the article