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.


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

Freed from Jail: Release Statements by Sandra Steingraber and Colleen Boland

November 26th, 2014

“I missed you all. And I missed this beautiful world. I’m glad to be back. And I’m glad to be wearing blue again, instead of orange…. What Colleen and I just did is only a tiny part of the struggle. So, please don’t thank us. Tell us what YOU are going to do.” Statements of Steingraber and her fellow inmate Colleen Boland upon their release from the Chemung County Jail. Read the full text

The Crappy Mom Manifesto: Letter to Fellow Mothers from the Chemung County Jail

November 24th, 2014

“Five days without clouds, sky, stars, leaves, birdsong, wind, sunlight, and fresh food has left me homesick to the point of grief. I now inhabit an ugly, diminished place devoid of life and beauty – and this is exactly the kind of harsh, ravaged world I do not want my children to inhabit.” From Steingraber’s “The Crappy Mom Manifesto,” written at the Chemung County Jail during her 2014 sentence, published by Read the full text

Why I am in Jail

November 21st, 2014

“By our willing separation from our families, by our sacrifice and consent to suffer, by our very absence, we are saying that we object in the strongest terms to the transformation of our beloved Finger Lakes community into a hub for fracking.” From Steingraber’s first writings from Chemung County Jail during her 2014 sentence, published by Read the full text

Guest Viewpoint: Truth of Seneca Lake Project Hidden

October 21st, 2014

“The facts of science are not fictional passages that can be deleted, or hidden, at will. Our families are not characters in gilded books. Our safety should not be jeopardized by secrecy and censorship from state and federal agencies.” Steingraber writes about the hidden truths of the Seneca Lake gas storage projects. Read the article

Pinkwashing: Fracking Company Teams Up With Susan G. Komen to ‘End Breast Cancer Forever’

October 8th, 2014

“Here’s what I’m wagering that roughneck does not learn from the literature shipped with his drill bit this October: I’m betting he does not read about the recent study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control that found dangerous levels of benzene in the urine of workers in the unconventional (aka fracking) oil and gas industry. Benzene is a proven human carcinogen.” Steingraber on the largest breast cancer charity teaming up with one of the largest oilfield service companies. Read the article

Five Reasons We’re Joining the People’s Climate March

September 20th, 2014

“On Sunday, we’ll be marching to celebrate the power of organizing and to encourage people across the country to carry the never-give-up fighting spirit from New York’s anti-fracking movement to communities across the country.” With Wenonah Hauter of Food & Water Watch, Steingraber outline messages they will bring to the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. Read the article

Dialing 911 on Climate Change

September 17th, 2014

“The scientific mandate to leave 80% of remaining fossil fuels in the ground means no new fracking, no new offshore drilling, no more billions of dollars invested in ever-more extreme fossil fuel exploration, no tar sands, and meaningful emission standards addressing all forms of carbon. We need bold investments in solar, wind and water…” Steingraber, on MSNBC. Read the column