California is the only major oil state without a health and safety setback from fossil fuel activity. This article explores what a setback in California means for its people and environment.
About Kyle Ferrar, MPH
Western Program Coordinator
Kyle Ferrar is the Western Program Coordinator at FracTracker Alliance where the majority of his current projects focus on extraction activities in California and Colorado. His time and energy is focused on supporting the needs of grassroots organizations in these geographies. Kyle has worked on extraction related environmental justice issues since 2007, and began his career as a staff researcher at the Center for Healthy Environments and Communities at the University of Pittsburgh, where he completed his graduate work.
His current work focuses on connecting the knowledge of empirical research with the stories told by regulatory monitoring data, and leveraging these connections to uplift the lived experiences communicated by frontline communities.
At home, he lives well above the snowline in the Western Sierras with his dogs and partner, where they explore the backcountry for fun and adventure.
Phone: (415) 890-3722
Entries by Kyle Ferrar, MPH
FracTracker’s recent analysis finds that California’s drilling permit approvals have slowed since last October, but not across the board. This trend only applies to permits for new drilling and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) wells.
FracTracker has been working with grassroots organizations to inform legislators and locals about oil and gas extraction in their districts, including maps and tables of the infrastructure in their areas.
FracTracker details the disproportionate amounts of water used by the oil and gas industry in CA and recommends that Gov. Newsom take action.
Oil & gas wells in Los Angeles disproportionately impact marginalized communities, producing dangerous levels of invisible, toxic emissions.
California prisoners are on the frontlines of the environmental justice movement, thousands living within 2,500’ of operational O&G wells.
California drilling permits continue while Frontline communities and grassroots groups call for an immediate moratorium and 2,500′ setback.
As California permit approvals for new oil & gas well drills decrease, Consumer Watchdog urges the Governor to move from fossil fuels.
California regulators recently denied 21 well stimulation permit applications—a welcomed move in the right direction—but not enough.
Built on sound data and ample research, FracTracker recommends several measures be taken to protect the health of California’s overburdened Frontline Communities.