Public Comment



Statement for LNG Press Conference: Transcript

December 4th, 2013

“So, when I retooled the Thirty Days of Regs project to help people compose and submit informed comments, it was with some trepidation. LNG, unlike fracking, was not a topic at everyone’s dinner party.

“And yet, here I am again with thousands and thousands of public comments to deliver to DEC. To be specific, I am the courier of nearly 11,000 comments out the more than 50,000 in the boxes.”

Steingraber presents a sampling of the comments submitted through her 30 Days of Fracking Regs project, re-tooled for liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure regulations. Read the transcript

30 Days of Fracking Regs

December 1st, 2013

Thirty-day tours of duty, taking part in an army of writers opposed to fracking and dedicated to speaking truth to power! The most recent project was “The Return of 30 Days: The Infrastructure Regs”


We made history with 30 Days of Fracking Regs: we delivered more than 25,000 comments to the DEC! Now Dr. Sandra Steingraber is inviting you to re-enlist for another 30-day tour of duty as part of an army of writers opposed to fracking and dedicated to speaking truth to power!

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In-frack-structure: Keith Schue and Sandra Steingraber on LNG Facilities

October 25th, 2013

Despite a moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, the New York Department of Conservation (DEC) is quickly and quietly trying to adopt new rules for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities that would pave the way for fracking, threaten communities, and make us more dependent on fossil fuel. We must fight this new threat! Keith Schue and Sandra Steingraber have scrutinized the regulations and presented their analyses of the weaknesses and provide fodder for your comments to DEC at a public comment writing session at the Ithaca Unitarian Church. Video by Cris McConkey. Watch the presentation

Letter to Governor Cuomo Accompanying Delivery of 200,000+ Comments

January 11th, 2013

“These comments reference a vast body of scientific data and evidence that show fracking cannot be done without irreparable harm to our environment, significant public health impacts and economic disruption for communities across the state. New Yorkers will not accept a practice in our state that jeopardizes the health and well-being of our families, our neighbors, and generations to come.”

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Sandra Steingraber Responding to New Fracking Regs

December 17th, 2012

Sponsored by the Tompkins County Council of Governments, Steingraber was one of the presenters at a public forum responding to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposed regulations for shale gas drilling in New York, with a 30-day public comment period. She focuses on how and why citizens can frame and communicate their concerns, though the state is not following the linear and open process they should be.


Attention Faculty and Teachers: Please Consider Assigning Comments to the NYS DEC!

December 14th, 2012

“Few issues are as politically polarizing as fracking, but I believe this comment period offers us an opportunity as educators to engage our students in a real-life democratic process in which they can bring the skills and knowledge that we have taught them to the decision-making table as part of a public conservation on one of the most precipitous decisions that our state will take.” Read the letter