Media coverage

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


Science for the People

September 25th, 2015

by Elizabeth Miller

“Biologist and activist Sandra Steingraber brings lessons of New York’s fracking ban to the West.” Steingraber’s work is profiled in the Santa Fe Reporter before her presentation at WildEarth Guardians’ annual gala. Read the article

Encyclical Unites Religious, Nonreligious Voices on Climate Change

September 15th, 2015

by Dennis Sadowski

“Sandra Steingraber, distinguished scholar in residence in environmental studies and science at Ithaca College in New York and a leader in the group We Are Seneca Lake that opposes the storage scheme, told Catholic News Service the encyclical has spurred more people to risk arrest.

“‘As always, it’s very moving because suddenly people’s words and their actions are all one and the same. You’re speaking about the need to defend creation and doing it,’ Steingraber said.” Read the article

National Ethics Honor for Ithaca College Distinguished Scholar in Residence

July 6th, 2015

“I accept this award on behalf of the 279 people who have been arrested since last October defending Seneca Lake against gas storage, which is to say, on behalf of those fighting for community, climate, and water, which is life itself.” — Steingraber, upon receiving the Elliot-Black Award from the American Ethical Union, on June 29, 2015. Read the article

Seneca Lake Protesters Soldier On

July 6th, 2015

by David Chantry

“We have another project going on here, which is decarbonization. We want to be the incubator and laboratory for renewable energy but we can’t open that door until we close this one… We want to birth the future and we want to do it right here in this driveway.” Steingraber quoted in this Innovation Trail audio and article. Read and listen here

Protesters organized, ready for arrest at Seneca Lake

June 26th, 2015

by Tom Wilber

“Steingraber, an ecologist and scholar in residence at Ithaca College, is a prominent figure in the movement against fracking in New York. After her own arrest for blockading the Crestwood LPG site last fall, she elected to serve a 15-day jail sentence rather than pay a fine.” Coverage of We Are Seneca Lake civil disobedience actions is part of a Gannett series on gas storage on Seneca Lake. Read the article