Who’s in charge here? By Kyle Ferrar, Western Program Coordinator FracTracker Alliance recently worked with Clean Water Action to map an update to last year’s report* on the use of unlined, above ground oil and gas waste disposal pits, also known as sumps. The new report identifies additional oil field wastewater pits and details how […]
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About Kyle Ferrar, MPH
Western Program Coordinator
Kyle manages work in the west coast region, where most of the current projects focus on extraction activities in California and Colorado. He is constantly managing relationships and collaborating with allies, including community groups, other researchers, and both local and national advocacy groups.
Kyle has held a myriad collection of jobs. Within his career, he has been a staff researcher at the Center for Healthy Environments and Communities and has worked in many laboratories as a research assistant. Prior to that Kyle worked every restaurant service industry job imaginable, and was also a mechanic for several bicycle shops. Kyle still enjoys cooking and cycling.
At the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Kyle is currently a doctoral candidate. Outside of work, he is an explorer, who strives to ride mountain bikes and surf everywhere on the west coast.
Address: 436 14th St, Ste 807, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (415) 890-3722
Entries by Kyle Ferrar, MPH
By Kyle Ferrar, Western Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance A natural gas well equipment failure in southern California has resulted in the largest point release of methane to the atmosphere in U.S. history. California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a California state of emergency for the incident, and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has identified the […]
By Kyle Ferrar, Western Program Coordinator Above-ground, unlined, open-air sumps/ponds It is hard to believe, but disposing of hazardous oil and gas wastewaters in unlined, open-air pits – also known as sumps or ponds – is still a common practice in California. It is also permitted in other states such as Texas and West Virginia. […]
By Kyle Ferrar, Western Program Coordinator The Santa Barbara Pipeline Spill On May 19, 2015, just 20 miles north of Santa Barbara, a heavily corroded section of pipeline ruptured spilling upwards of 101,000 gallons. The pipeline was operated by Plains All American LLC, based out of Houston Texas, and was used to move crude oil […]
By Kyle Ferrar, Western Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance Incidents in California involving oil-by-rail cars increased from 3 in 2011 to 25 in 2013. There were 24 incidents within the first 6 months of 2014, and oil spills from rail cars increased from 98 in 2010 to 182 in 2013.1 With such an increase in oil train incidents, […]
By Kyle Ferrar and Samantha Malone Throughout the U.S. more crude was spilled from rail incidents in 2013 than the prior four decades combined. Recently, in a period of three weeks, there were four* derailments of crude oil trains carrying Bakken and other Canadian crudes resulting in fire and explosions, with multiple cars rupturing and set […]
By Kyle Ferrar, CA Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance As my first year in The Bay Area of California comes to a conclusion and the summer once again turns into fall I realize how much more this time of year meant for me living on the east coast. For us lucky ducks living in the Bay […]
New Report from FracTracker and the Natural Resources Defense Council By Kyle Ferrar, CA Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance The FracTracker Alliance recently contributed to a report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), titled Drilling in California: Who’s at Risk?. In the report, we find that many communities disproportionally burdened by environmental and public […]
By Kyle Ferrar, CA Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance In collaboration with the environmental advocacy groups Earthworks, Center for Biological Diversity, and Clean Water Action, The FracTracker Alliance has completed a proximity analysis of the locations of California’s Class II oil and gas wastewater injection wells to “recently” active fault zones in California. The results of […]
By Kyle Ferrar, CA Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance California Regulations. As confusing as you may think the regulatory structure is in your state (if you are not fortunate enough to be a Californian), just know that California’s regulatory structure is more complicated. Nothing in California’s recent history has clarified this point like the current debate […]