Fracking Articles

700+ Global Groups Urge Ireland to Introduce UN Resolution for Fracking Ban

July 15th, 2021

by Jessica Corbett

Common Dreams covers the call for Ireland to introduce a United Nations resolution for a ban on hydraulic fracturing. Dr. Steingraber was an initiator of the call for the new resolution. Read the article

Sandra Steingraber, ‘The Harms of Fracking’ Update

December 28th, 2020

by Jon Bowermaster

Kingston Radio‘s Green Radio Hour in conversation with Dr. Steingraber, “on the eve of the release of the 7th annual compendium on the continued physical harms of fracking.” Listen to the program

Orion’s 25 Most-Read Articles of the Decade

December 19th, 2019

by Orion Staff

“Fifty years ago a book changed the way we think about nature—or did it?” Dr. Steingraber’s essay, “The Fracking of Rachel Carson” was listed among Orion Magazine’s most-read articles of the past decade. Read the list

Your Call: Big Oil in California Politics

May 19th, 2017

by Rose Aguilar and Laura Flynn

On KALW’s “Your Call,” Dr. Steingraber and California organizer David Braun discuss the overwhelming influence of the oil and gas lobby in California and the way in which it stalls action to protect public health and the environment from harmful drilling and fracking activities, from Los Angeles to Kern County. Listen here

Lo Que Sabemos y Vimos en la Argentina para Prohibir el Fracking

December 20th, 2016

Steingraber and colleagues make the case for a ban on fracking in Patagonia, Argentina, in the Spanish-language publication, Télam. Read the article

Climate Rally for Bernie Sanders Draws 1,000 Anti-Fracking Activists in Upstate New York

April 10th, 2016

“As a biologist, I am looking for a presidential candidate who can be realistic about this science, which says that we cannot frack our way to climate stability.” Steingraber writes about a Hudson Valley, New York event supporting the Bernie Sanders campaign from an environmental perspective. Includes full text of her own remarks. Read the article

Commentary: Clean Power Plan is Neither Clean nor Powerful

March 1st, 2016

“Ratcheting up the Clean Power Plan as the years go by would only take us sideways — or even backwards — in our quest to stabilize the climate system.” Steingraber discusses the shortfalls of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and the alternate direction needed, in The Ithacan. Read the article

The People Win Over Shell in Fracking Water Withdrawal Case

January 7th, 2016

“[B]y rejecting the notion that drinking water can be labeled it as ‘surplus property’ and sold off for export, like so many extra snowplows—sans environmental review—the court shines a bright light on the whole issue of water rights.” Steingraber explains the recent victory over a Shell Oil subsidiary and the Painted Post, New York water withdrawal project, on EcoWatch. Read the article

And the Climate Pretender Award Goes to …

December 19th, 2015

“Let’s call it the Climate Pretender Award, given to those who—for the purposes of attaining admiration, influence, grant money or a political legacy—best mimics the speech of a world climate leader while making precious little effort to keep fossil fuels in the ground, uncombusted.” Steingraber reports from the Paris Climate talks on the difference between words and actions from California’s governor. Read the article

Guest Opinion | What’s Wrong With This Picture?

December 16th, 2015

“While 190 countries worked out an agreement in Paris to limit the global emissions of greenhouse gases, the editor of the Ithaca Times chose to depict local environmentalists as NIMBYs who simply wish to push greenhouse gas emissions to other locales. Nothing could be further from the truth.” Steingraber joins other scientists in her region in responding to an editorial supporting “fossil fuel generation of electricity with no mention whatsoever of climate change implications.” Read the article