Fracking Articles

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 EurActiv.com 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

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

Guest Viewpoint: Pa. County Shows Possible Dangers of Fracking

September 6th, 2013

Co-founders of Concerned Health Professionals of New York, Steingraber and Dr. Kathleen Nolan discuss early results from a Washington County, PA on-the-ground health assessment. Read the Article

Pro-Fracking Greens Called Out in Ecologist’s New Manifesto

June 6th, 2013

by Jeff Biggers

“In a statement, ecologist Sandra Steingraber denounced Illinois’ new fracking regulations and described the need for a movement dedicated to abolishing fracking nationwide.” Read the full article

Illinois, Say No to Fracking

May 23rd, 2013

In this piece in the State Journal-Register, Steingraber says, “Illinois, find your voice. Your soil, rivers and underground aquifers are worth so much more than the fossilized vapors in your rocks, which, if cashed out, will bring temporary riches for a few and risk permanent ruin for many.” Read the Article