By Kyle Ferrar, CA Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance Introduction California passed State Bill 4 (SB4) in September, 2013 to develop and establish a regulatory structure for unconventional resource extraction (hydraulic fracturing, acidizing, and other stimulation techniques) for the state. As a feature of the current version of the regulations, oil and gas drilling/development operators […]
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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, CA Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance On October 16th, the Environmental Defense Center released a report focused on the use of hydraulic fracturing by offshore oil drilling platforms off the coast of California.1 The full report can be found on the EDC’s website. I was asked to assist in creating the report’s GIS […]
By Kyle Ferrar, CA Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance FracTracker was recently in attendance at the American Industrial Hygiene Association annual conference, held in Miami, FL, September 28-October 1st. The FracTracker Alliance’s Kyle Ferrar participated in the workshop “Natural GAS EXTRACTION – Rising Energy Demands Mandate a Multi-Perspective Approach.” The workshop was moderated by Dr. Mark […]
By Kyle Ferrar, CA Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance The potential for large scale oil development in the Monterey and other shale basins has raised concern in California communities over the use of hydraulic fracturing and other unconventional well stimulation techniques, such as acidizing. The fact that DOGGR was not tracking the use of these techniques, […]
By Kyle Ferrar, CA Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance Environmental regulations in California are considered conservative by most state standards. To name a few practices, the state has developed an air quality review board that conducts independent toxicological assessments on a level competitive with the U.S. EPA, and the state instituted the U.S.’s first green house […]
By Kyle Ferrar, CA Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance The FracTracker Alliance has just recently opened a new office based out of Berkeley, California. As a first step in addressing the unique issues of oil and gas extraction in the Golden State, FracTracker has queried the data that is published by the state’s regulatory agencies, and […]
By Kyle Ferrar, CA Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance The “Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on Fracking” forum hosted by The Union of Concerned Scientists focused on the full spectrum of the broad range of issues accompanying unconventional resource extraction and hydraulic fracturing. The meeting included a full day of roundtable discussions focused on three topics, with […]