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.


1,000+ March in DC Demanding a Halt to Fracked Gas Exports

July 13th, 2014

“And because we are fighting for life itself, and because we have science, economics and human rights on our side, and because we all lose if the gas industry gets to use our drinking water as a club to frack the bedrock beneath our homes and so turn our communities into a methane extraction colony, I am intending also to win.” Steingraber addresses the rally before the first-ever “people’s march” in DC to protest the gas industry’s push to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from U.S. coastlines. Read her remarks

Don’t Allow Fracked Gas Storage at Seneca Lake

June 26th, 2014

Together with Margie Rodgers, Steingraber writes in a Gannett newspapers Guest Viewpoint, “In March 2013, a dozen people joined arms on the bank of Seneca Lake and blocked a gas storage corporation’s driveway. For this act, ‘the Seneca Lake 12’ were arrested for trespassing. We were among them… Here’s what’s changed since our arrests…” Read the article

Statement in Response to Events in Pungeşti, Romania on the Evening of June 11, 2014

June 17th, 2014

“On Wednesday 11 June, I traveled to the remote community of Pungeşti in eastern Romania’s Vaslui County. Rising from a field bordering the village of Siliştea, near the only public road in and out of the area, is a drill rig installed by Chevron for purposes of shale gas ‘exploration.’ Villagers told me that drilling had commenced in May. This rig—the first shale gas well in all of Romania—went on line in spite of an intense, months-long oppositional campaign by locals that was joined and supported by activists from all over Romania.” Read the article

Fracking is a Public Health Disaster. The US and Europe Should Say ‘No!’

June 12th, 2014

“The emerging science from the United States—where this technology was born—shows that fracking is a slow-motion disaster for public health. To be sure, wheels of science grind slowly, especially compared to the gold-rush speed by which fracking has rolled over our landscape.” In this piece on Steingraber supports a European call for a moratorium on fracking throughout Europe on public health grounds. Read the article

A New Environmentalism for an Unfractured Future

June 10th, 2014

“[I]f a new, vigorous environmentalism is what you want, I ask to you stand with us in calling for a moratorium on fracking in the EU, just as we have called for a moratorium on fracking in the U.S.” Steingraber presented a keynote speech for the “New Environmentalism Summit” of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. Read the text

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

Letter to Friends in Environmental Health

March 21st, 2014

Following the publication of a study on the endocrine-disrupting abilities of a dozen fracking chemicals, as well as estrogen-and androgen-disrupting activity in water samples collected near fracking sites in Colorado, Steingraber appeals to her colleagues in the environmental health community to act. “This study also makes it clear for me that endocrine disruption is not solely a public health issue relevant to the materials economy. It is also part of the struggle to reform our energy system.” Read the Letter

The Talk-Around

January 15th, 2014

“THE BOY IN THE BARBERSHOP mirror wanted a haircut for summer sleep-away camp. He was nervous and talked a lot. The clippers buzzed. The blond hair fell.” Read the ORION article

Huffington Post Articles

November 19th, 2013


Like New Yorkers, Californians Can Say No to Fracking(October 14, 2014)

The oil industry may feel entitled to its potential profits, and will likely fight efforts to curb extreme well stimulation and enhancement anywhere they appear. But the people of California and New York — indeed of all of states — are even more entitled to clean air and clean water.

It's Time to Set the Record Straight on Fracking(November 19, 2013)

While fracking's impacts are increasingly clear, what is unclear is why the Obama administration continues to cheerlead for big oil and gas interests, ignoring the science — even when the data come from its own agencies.

Fracking Truth to Fracking Power(August 1, 2012)

The scientific analysis that is supposed to provide our Governor the facts and information he needs to make a crucial decision was crafted with the guidance of the gas industry, not of the state's scientists.

The Metaphors of Fracking(July 18, 2012)

Fracking is a technology surrounded by metaphors that blind us to the data. Natural gas is called a bridge. And, claim its proponents, it will carry us to many good places.

Safe Hydrofracking Is the New Jumbo Shrimp(June 4, 2012)

With an insistence on best practices, could drilling and fracking operations be made safe enough to be sited in densely populated communities — or even sparsely populated communities — without making the people who live there feel they are living in a war zone?

A Poem for the Marcellus(May 2, 2012)

In honor of both National Poetry Month and Earth Day, I offer below a love song to the bedrock: the methane-suffused shale that geologists call the Marcellus, which now lies in the crosshairs of the oil and gas industry.

How to Have a Colonoscopy(April 23, 2012)

Colon cancer is a leading killer. Colon cancer is highly preventable. The stakes are high. But so is public confusion about screening guidelines.

Cancer in the Ransom Note(April 5, 2012)

Why should cancer patients in the United States and Canada — and those who love or diagnose them — care about a report about looming water shortages in distant countries such as South Africa and Argentina?

A Bridge to Somewhere – Responding to the President's Cancer Panel Report (Part 3)(July 7, 2010)

The President's Cancer Panel report has been provoking passionate responses. An attack by the nation's leading cancer charity against a report that argues for cancer prevention via stronger environmental reform deserves a closer look.

Escape from the Heartland – Atrazine, Susan G. Komen, and KFC(July 5, 2010)

When you are peddling fried chicken breasts in the name of addressing breast cancer, you are distracting us from an ongoing battle about the use of atrazine in the creation of that food.

It’s Time to Set the Record Straight on Fracking

November 19th, 2013

Together with Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, Steingraber writes in the Huffington Post, “If President Obama and Secretary Jewell are serious about listening to the science and addressing climate change, they need to stop echoing industry, stand up for public health, make every effort to stop this destructive practice, and keep fossil fuels in the ground.” Read the Article