Media coverage

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

Special Report: Fight for the Finger Lakes

February 16th, 2016

by Kellie Meyer

“Environmentalist Sandra Steingraber showed us the train trestle where the butane would be carried by train to Crestwood’s facility. It would cross right the busy Watkins Glen State Park. Sandra is urging the EPA to get involved, citing the dangers of the project and to the drinking water; a risk seen in the high profile Flint Water Crisis or the risk to communities as seen in Porter Ranch California.” WENY TV speaks with Steingraber about gas storage on Seneca Lake. Read the article/watch the video

FRACKED GAS HIGHWAYS: Pipelines Feed Demand, Rattle Neighbors

February 5th, 2016

by Tom Wilber

“’We still share a common goal,’ said Sandra Steingraber, an Ithaca College ecology scholar speaking at a recent rally in Albany. ‘We want an end to New York’s ruinous dependency on fracked gas, along with all of the hateful, harmful infrastructure that comes with it.’” Steingraber is quoted in this in-depth regional USA Today Network piece. Read the article

Talking With Naomi Klein: Climate Change “Not Just About Things Getting Hotter… It’s About Things Getting Meaner”

February 4th, 2016

by Michael Winship

“[M]uch of our audience was composed of environmentalists and concerned citizens, including a contingent from We Are Seneca Lake, the grassroots campaign fighting against the use of crumbling salt mines under the hillsides to store fracked natural gas and liquefied petroleum gases. (One of its leaders is biologist, mother and Moyers & Company guest Sandra Steingraber.)” Huff Post Green covers the recent visit of Naomi Klein to the Finger Lakes region of New York. Read the article.

Capitol Pressroom Jan. 28, 2016: Peter Iwanowicz, Jolie Milstein, Jim Heaney, Dr. Sandra Steingraber

January 28th, 2016

by Alyssa Plock

“In a terrible way, the events that we’re watching very closely out in California, three time zones away, are exactly why people have been standing up ferociously, in peaceful civil disobedience [at Seneca Lake]. These things are inherently dangerous and they are a very under-regulated part of the natural gas infrastructure.” Steingraber was interviewed on the Capitol Pressroom on “the latest arrests at the Crestwood gas storage facility in Seneca Lake, as well as how a gas leak in Porter Ranch California might have parallels to the situation in Watkins Glen.” Her segment begins at 36:10. Listen here

My Valley: Save Porter Ranch has New York Support

January 24th, 2016

by Gregory J. Wilcox

“Group spokeswoman Sandra Steingraber, a Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Environmental Studies and Science at Ithaca College, said that the plan proposed by Crestwood Midstream is similar in some respects to Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in the Santa Susana Mountains above Porter Ranch.” Los Angeles Daily News covers the expression of solidarity between upstate New Yorkers protesting gas storage, and those suffering in the immediate vicinity of the Porter Ranch-area 2015-2016 methane leak. Read the article

LPG Protesters Get Dismissals

November 20th, 2015

by Josh Brokaw

“We chose the name ‘We are Seneca Lake’ because there are 100,000 people who live in the Seneca Lake watershed,” Steingraber said. “65 percent of all of us is water from Seneca Lake. Our blood plasma, our cerebral spinal fluid, an exhaled breath on a cold day is all the lake.”  Steingraber is quoted in this update article about the We Are Seneca Lake movement, on Read the article

Protesters at New York Gas Storage Plant Arrested While Reading Encyclical

September 30th, 2015

by Dennis Sadowski

“We feel we’re building a thriving economy in this area built on the principles of sustainability,” [Steingraber told Catholic News Service] “We’re on a ruinous path of a heavy industry that wrecks things and then closes up shop and leaves. Whereas what’s already here is a highly populated area with another vision working for renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and safeguarding the natural beauty of this place.” Read the article