Alum Fights Fracking in Documentary Set for Tuesday Screening
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University alum Sandra Steingraber ’81, a leading
activist against fracking in New York state, is the subject of the documentary film
“Unfractured” which will be screened on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in IWU’s Hansen Student Center.
After majoring in biology at IWU, Steingraber devoted the past 35 years of her career
to advocating for environmental protection. “Unfractured” follows her dedicated efforts
to oppose the oil and gas industry and secure a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing
– or fracking – despite the voices of doubters who believed she was championing a
lost cause. At times, her work even placed her in harm’s way, whether at the hands
of Romanian police who pepper sprayed her after visiting anti-fracking activists,
or New York police who arrested her for blockading a gas storage site during a campaign
of civil disobedience.
All the while, Steingraber overcame hardship in her personal life as well, after her
husband endured a series of strokes that sent the family into crisis. However, in
a passionate rally speech, Steingraber asserted her commitment to continue the fight
against fracking, a practice that threatens the health of the planet and all those
who rely on it.
“The work we must do to ban fracking is bigger than any one of our individual tragedies,”
she declared. “Because we are fighting for everyone’s sons and daughters and husbands
and families. Because we are fighting for life itself.”