Center for Biological Diversity

Media Advisory, September 16, 2014

Contact: Hillary Aidun, (909) 346-3702 or

New York Panel Tackles "Fighting Fracking to Save the Climate"
Ahead of Historic People's Climate March

NEW YORK— As thousands of Americans concerned about global warming converge on New York City for the historic People’s Climate March this weekend, a diverse panel of experts, including Dr. Sandra Steingraber and an activist confronting fracking in her own community, will take part in a panel discussion called “Fighting Fracking to Save the Climate.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, will explore how fracking pollution from oil and gas production plays an increasingly dangerous role in global warming.

What: Roundtable discussion on “Fighting Fracking to Save the Climate”
When: Sunday, September 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Fordham Law School, Room 2-01A, 140 W. 62nd St., New York, NY 10023
Who: • Sandra Steingraber, biologist, writer and cofounder of Concerned Health Professionals of New York
• Kassie Siegel, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute, member of Californians Against Fracking

• Karen Feridun, founder, Berks Gas Truth in Pennsylvania
• Christian Parenti, New York University faculty member and author of Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the dangerous process of blasting enormous quantities of water laced with toxic chemicals into the ground to release oil and gas. The technique is linked to air and water pollution, and it also damages the climate.

Fracking and similar techniques often release large amounts of methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas that’s at least 86 times more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. Fracking also allows access to huge fossil fuel deposits that were once beyond the reach of drilling.

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