June 19, 2019 Co-authored by Dr. Steingraber, the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking is a fully referenced compilation of the evidence outlining the risks and harms of fracking. Bringing together findings from the scientific and medical literature, government and industry reports, and journalistic investigation, the Compendium is a public, open-access document housed on the websites of Concerned Health Professionals of New York and Physicians for Social Responsibility. Like previous editions, this sixth edition focuses on topics most closely related to the public health and safety impacts of fracking. These include risks from fracking infrastructure, including compressor stations, pipelines, silica sand mining operations, natural gas storage facilities, the manufacture and transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), and, for the first time, gas-fired power plants. Fracking, a major source of two greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and methane, is incompatible with climate solutions. Climate change is a public health crisis and receives our close attention in the sixth edition.


UNFRACTURED WORLD PREMIERE: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival

Unfractured takes us through a battle of astonishing international significance and into the life and mind of a complicated and compelling woman…”

Watch the trailer for the upcoming documentary, Unfractured. Produced and directed by Living Downstream filmmaker Chanda Chevannes, Unfractured follows Dr. Sandra Steingraber, “as she reinvents herself as an outspoken activist and throws herself into an environmental war that many believe is unwinnable.” See the film website here.

“Democracy, like the climate itself, has tipping points”: Lessons for Our Time from Rachel Carson

On November 30, 2016, Dr. Steingraber addressed the Rachel Carson Council’s 75th Anniversary Jubilee Celebration and Colloquium in Washington, DC. Her remarks were updated and adapted for a column on Bill Moyers’ website, readable here.

New York State Becomes the First State with Significant Shale Gas to Ban Fracking

On December 17, 2014, at the conclusion of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet meeting, acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker recommended the state reject high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The Cuomo administration will now move to prohibit fracking statewide. Dr. Steingraber: “This victory is an incredible affirmation of science and the principles of public health.”

Our beautiful lake is being turned into a gas station for fracking

On November 19, 2014, Sandra Steingraber was sentenced to jail for the second time for peaceful civil disobedience in defense of Seneca Lake. Dr. Steingraber was arrested with others while protesting Texas-based Crestwood’s plans for gas storage expansion in abandoned salt caverns along Seneca Lake, in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Just before her sentencing, Dr. Steingraber videotaped an interview with the Laura Flanders Show, introducing viewers to We Are Seneca Lake, an ongoing civil disobedience uprising to protect the region.

May 2014 Letter to New York Governor Cuomo and Acting Department of Health Commissioner Zucker

CHPNY-logo-460pxSandra Steingraber is co-founder of Concerned Health Professionals of New York (CHPNY), an initiative to amplify the voices of hundreds of health professionals in New York about fracking. On May 29, 2014, joined by 25 health and medical organizations and over 200 individual health professionals and scientists, they wrote, “[t]he totality of the science… shows that permitting fracking in New York would pose significant threats to the air, water, health and safety of New Yorkers.” Read the full letter

A New Environmentalism for an Unfractured Future: European Commission “Green Week” 2014 Screen shot 2014-06-06 at 1.00.37 PM

Steingraber presented a keynote speech for the New Environmentalism Summit of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. Watch the video or read the transcript

Sandra Steingraber Speaks on the Health Impacts of Fracking in Pungesti, Romania


Read Steingraber’s statement responding to events she witnessed in Pungesti with the community.

Short Video: Fracking and the Un-Hoodwinking of America

New Yorkers Against Fracking


In 2011, Sandra Steingraber received the prestigious Heinz Award. By donating the cash prize to the anti-fracking movement, she became, in 2012, the co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking, a statewide coalition of more than 280 grassroots organizations.

Americans Who Tell the Truth Portrait

ShetterlyPortraitRobert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. See AWTT’s page on Sandra Steingraber.


Upcoming Speaking Engagements

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Recent Speaking Engagements

God's Own Junkyard: Environmental Stewardship in New York State 2019

03/17/19(Rochester, New York)

Medical Symposium on Potential Health Impacts of Oil & Gas Production in Colorado

02/01/19(Fort Collins, Colorado)

Screening of Unfractured & Potluck

12/12/18(Elmira, New York)

"Unfractured" Film and Talk with Sandra Steingraber

12/11/18(West Chester, Pennsylvania)

Sustainability Summit

12/08/18(Springfield, Massachusetts)

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In the Media

  • Inside Jane Fonda’s First Fire Drill Fridays Arrest Sep 08, 2020

    by Jane Fonda

    Jane Fonda recalls her protest, arrest, and time in a Washington, DC jail cell with Dr. Steingraber, “the poetic biologist,” in a Marie Claire excerpt from her new book, “What Can I Do?: My Path from Climate Despair to Action,” published today. Read the article

  • Coalition Urges Everyone to Join Movement Supporting Sanders to Secure a ‘Feminist Future’ Mar 08, 2020

    by Jessica Corbett

    “Some vocal backers of Sanders are among the statement’s signatories, such as author and activist Naomi Klein, Sunrise Movement executive director Varshini Prakash, Missouri congressional candidate Cori Bush, and feminist icon Eve Ensler. Other signatories include Princeton University professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author and activist Barbara Ehrenreich, May Boeve of 350.org, environmentalist Winona LaDuke, and biologist Sandra Steingraber.” Dr. Steingraber was among the original signers of a collective feminist statement in support of Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential candidacy. Read the article

  • Support for Worldwide Fracking Ban Mar 05, 2020

    by Marianne Brooker

    “Dr. Sandra Steingraber, from Concerned Health Professionals of New York, together with Dr. Ned Ketyer, from Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania, said… “The scientific evidence shows that women, industry workers, communities of color, and the poor are especially vulnerable to environmental injustices and harm to health and safety from fracking.” Steingraber and colleagues met with Satya Tripathi, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of New York Office at UN Environment. Read the article

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