Media coverage

Sandra Steingraber Is Good at Going to Jail

September 1st, 2016

“There’s no one right answer. There’s a lot of arrows in our quiver. Whenever possible, science should prevail and that should be enough. But social movements can open the door for science to speak.” Steingraber spoke with Iowa Public Radio. Read and listen here

When Protest Becomes Sacrament: Grady Sisters Heed a Higher Call

August 10th, 2016

by Nicholas Kusnetz

“‘I guess I thought, if you won’t listen to me as a health biologist, then you’ll have to listen to me as a mother,’ she said. ‘I’ll put my body between the compressor station and the trucks.'” Steingraber is quoted in this InsideClimate News piece on the role of Catholic Workers and others in the movement to protect Seneca Lake from gas storage. Read the article

Moyers & Company Morning Reads

July 1st, 2016

“Not making this up –> The trial of an environmental protestor arrested while seeking to block a natural gas storage facility in upstate New York turned into farce this week, with a judge declaring activist Tom Angie guilty — before his lawyer presented the case for the defense. The prosecutor explained to the judge that this wasn’t how things work in the legal system, to which the judge replied ‘I still find him guilty.’ There’s more. Scientist and activist Sandra Steingraber, a past guest on Moyers & Company, tells the tale.” Read here

July 1, 2016: Michael Johnson, Glenn Blain, Peter Mantius, Joe Heath and Sandra Steingraber, Kirsten Keefe

July 1st, 2016

by Alyssa Plock

“[A]ttorney Joe Heath and Dr. Sandra Steingraber, an environmental advocate and Scholar-in-Residence at Ithaca College, explained a strange hearing for a Seneca Lake protestor where the judge declared the protestor guilty before the defense made its case.” Steingraber discussed the latest on We Are Seneca Lake, on the Capitol Pressroom. Listen to the podcast

Crestwood Joins with Con Edison

April 27th, 2016

by Peter Mantius

“‘At a time when Gov. Andrew Cuomo has struck a bold course on climate, a New York energy giant is investing nearly a billion dollars to tie a fossil fuel ball and chain to downstate residents while putting upstate lives at risk — along with drinking water and climate,’ said Sandra Steingraber, a member of the steering committee of We Are Seneca Lake, a group organized to prevent storage of natural gas or liquid petroleum gas next to the lake.” The Observer Review & Express covers the recent Con Ed purchase of Crestwood’s gas transportation and storage in New York. Read the article

Ithaca College Hosts Panel on Climate Change

April 16th, 2016

by Annika Kushner

“The event, titled ‘After the Paris Accord,’ featured keynote speaker Sandra Steingraber, a distinguished scholar-in-residence in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, and five panelists.” The Ithacan covers a standing room-only event on climate change at Ithaca college. Read the article

Reflections from the COP21 Climate Talks in Paris

March 25th, 2016

“Watching this treaty being negotiated was an amazing and triumphant thing…. Every single day, when it almost looked like the whole enterprise was going to be dashed on the rocks, a group of people, speaking with very big moral authority, made their case.” Steingraber takes part in Cornell University’s “Reflections from the COP21 Climate Talks in Paris.” Her presentation begins at 31:00. Watch the video

Environmental Activists Take to Local Protests for Global Results

March 19th, 2016

by John Schwartz

“This approach — think globally, protest locally — is captured in the words of Sandra Steingraber, an ecologist and a scholar in residence at Ithaca College who helped organize the demonstration at the storage plant near Seneca Lake: ‘This driveway is a battleground, and there are driveways like this all over the world.’” Steingraber is quoted in this New York Times piece on local protests with global concerns. Read the article

Protesters Arrested at Proposed Natural Gas Storage Site

March 8th, 2016

by Andrea Sears

“But according to Steingraber, a PhD biologist, the storage of pressurized gas coincided with an increase in the salinity of the lake, high enough that pregnant women and people with high blood pressure were warned against drinking the water.” Steingraber discussed gas storage on Seneca Lake and the recent blockade at the company’s gates, with Public News Service. Read the article

Bill McKibben Among 50+ Arrested in Upstate New York over Fracking Project

March 7th, 2016

by Deirdre Fulton

“Indeed, said ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber, who was also part of the morning’s protest: ‘This driveway is the battleground of two different visions of the future’—one reliant on fossil fuels, and the other committed to keeping oil, gas, and coal in the ground.” Steingraber is quoted in’s coverage of the peaceful blockade against gas storage on Seneca Lake, which included acclaimed author and environmentalist, Bill McKibben. Read the article