Fracking Articles

Science, Courage Behind High-Volume Fracking Ban

January 24th, 2015

“New York now serves as a shining example for the rest of the country to follow. Independent scientists and health experts showed the importance of sharing our expertise with the public at large and urging that policy follow the science and put public health first.” Drs. Steingraber and Tony Ingraffea, professor emeritus at Cornell University, share their thoughts on the New York State fracking ban in the Press & Sun Bulletin. Read the article

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

Victory Over Fracking: Come Celebrate on January 7

December 31st, 2014

Dear fellow New Yorkers,

I’ve long imagined sending you this communiqué.

On January 7, we’re holding a rally in Albany to celebrate our victory banning fracking in New York. We will also have a party afterwards in a nearby hotel in walking distance from the Capitol building where we will share stories, songs, food and drinks to celebrate this momentous victory. Read the full letter

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

‘This Changes Everything’ Including the Anti-Fracking Movement

September 16th, 2014

“For Klein, the crisis—and she rightly sees it as a moral one—is the ongoing destruction of our agriculture-enabling, freshwater-providing, weather-regulating, life-nurturing climate system, which is under attack by heat-trapping gasses that are the unpriced, unregulated, untaxed, unmonitored consequences of a global economic system that runs amok on fossil fuels.” Steingraber reviews Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything.” Read the review

What the Anti-Fracking Movement Brings to the Climate Movement

August 24th, 2014

“[W]e bring to all of you, to this larger climate justice movement, a never-surrender, battle-tested spirit. America’s fractivists have been fighting for our lives in the gas fields. Now we are ready to fight for life itself.” Steingraber speaks at a 350.org event preceding the September 21, 2014 Climate March. Read her remarks

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