Speeches

Sandra Steingraber – NO NY Sacrifice Zone Rally

September 12th, 2012

“The Finger Lakes and the Southern Tier are two branches of the same tree and we are linked together by air, by rivers, and by food.” Steingraber addresses a “no fracking sacrifice zone” rally in Binghamton, NY. Watch the video

The Dedication to Keep it Safe: Inergy’s Voices of Disobedience

September 7th, 2012

“I was there. And, in the words of poet Lucille Clifton, I brought my witness eye. Here is some of what I saw and heard.” Read the transcript

Taking the Pledge—Sandra Steingraber’s Prepared Remarks for the “Don’t Frack New York Rally” in Albany

August 27th, 2012

“Hey, gas industry: I am not afraid of you. And that’s not because I’m fearless. It’s because I am so scared for the future of my children on a fracked-up planet that I have no fear left over for you.” Read the transcript

Rejection of Proposal to Divide New York State: Press Event, Albany

June 20th, 2012

“I can think of no better place to deliver this message. Governor Cuomo, a plan to carve our state into fracking and no-fracking zones creates discrimination in health and environmental protection. It does not square with the vision of equality bequeathed to us by the abolitionists, suffragettes, and Capitol Unknowns who gaze out at us now. It is beneath you.” Read the transcript

Public Statement: NYS Events Demanding an Independent Health Impact Assessment on Fracking

May 30th, 2012

“To be clear: Any plan to frack the disproportionately impoverished Southern Tier is an assault on environmental justice. The child who drinks from an unfiltered rural well in a Broome County valley has just as much right to environmental protection as the child who drinks unfiltered water ferried to Manhattan via aqueducts. You cannot allow fracking to go forward in one child’s watershed while prohibiting it an another.” Read the transcript

Sandra Steingraber at the Natalie Merchant Concert

March 10th, 2012

Steingraber addresses a full house at the Forum Theater in Binghamton, NY between performances by the Horseflies and Natalie Merchant. Watch the video

Sandra Steingraber at Mayor’s Reception Prior to Natalie Merchant Concert

March 6th, 2012

Dr. Steingraber speaks at Binghamton, NY mayor Matt Ryan’s press reception, in honor of Steingraber’s Heinz Award, before a benefit concert for the Finger Lakes CleanWaters Initiative. Watch the video

Ulysses Fundraiser: Rongovian Embassy, Trumansburg, NY

January 29th, 2012

“In celebration of home rule and support of the amicus brief to defend New York towns from lawsuits by the gas industry; sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Ulysses.” Read the transcript

Fracking Abolition: Albany Speech

January 23rd, 2012

“You’ve seen me hold this bread before. You’ve seen me carry it into the state assembly chambers and submit it as testimony. You’ve heard me say that the flour that makes up this bread is ground at a local mill and that the heirloom wheat that makes up this flour is grown in local fields. And that the flour in this bread makes up the bodies of my children.” Read the transcript

Sandra Steingraber Speaks in Ithaca

June 12th, 2010

“Nothing I’ve learned in the last thirty years of studying carcinogens scares me more than fracking.” Steingraber speaks at a rally in Ithaca, NY, alongside Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox. Watch the video