Going Behind Bars to Protest Fracking

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Biologist and activist Sandra Steingraber explains why she and others illegally blocked the driveway of natural gas company Inergy in upstate New York , a crime for which she went to jail on Wednesday, April 17 — a day after her interview with Bill Moyers for Moyers & Company. The protesters, known as the Seneca Lake 12, were demonstrating against fracking and Inergy’s plans to store millions of barrels of highly-pressurized gas in abandoned salt mines. Steingraber is serving a 15-day sentence.

“I believe, as do many of my colleagues in the sciences, that it’s not safe to compress explosive gases and store them underneath and beside a lake that serves as the drinking water for a hundred thousand people,” she tells Bill. “From my point of view as a biologist and a mother, this out-of-state company… is trespassing in our community.”

Watch video coverage from the day of Steingraber’s sentencing and of the night she left her family to go to jail, courtesy of Common Dreams.

Catch the full conversation between Bill Moyers and Steingraber this weekend on Moyers & Company.

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  • Anonymous

    A very brave woman fighting against everything that is terribly wrong about fracking. I support Miss Steingraber and all those fighting these fracking companies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.a.wright.98 Lisa Ann Wright

    Sandra cuts right to the chase and does what needs to get done. Though media hustlers, professional environmentalist-haters and dissemblers like to characterize any critique of shale gas development as “NIMBY” behavior, Dr. Steingraber lives simply and walks her talk, and is working hard in the effort to find solutions to our energy and climate problems.

  • Zacky

    I’m so pleased to find someone with the scientific background, caliber and courage of Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. to speak out. However I’m saddened to hear her being jailed for doing what she feels is the right thing to do. Just like the gun control issues of our US Congress. Why are there so many deaf legislators and government officials who should be looking at the welfare of its residences. Earth Day should be focused on precisely this kind of issue. To have those chemicals already stored in the former salt mines sure sounds like a threat to our future days ahead with disregard because of the wealth ahead that is pondered without taking into consideration the sacrifice of its people and their health risks.

  • HystErica

    This is an excellent cause – these salt caverns may be causing the enormous sinkhole in Bayou Corne, Louisianna. Regardless, it is terrifying and damn stupid to store pressurized hydrocarbons & other industrial chemicals underground, especially near water sources! We are lucky to have dedicated, educated people like Sandra Steingraber to spread awareness.

  • Norm Norton

    Want to do something about this mess? Here is away to start.

    http://signon.org/sign/public-funding-of-elected?source=s.tw&r_by=69509

  • Trojan Horace

    Hats off to this courageous woman