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Meet Kyle Ferrar of FracTracker Alliance

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyle Ferrar.

Kyle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
FracTracker Alliance has been working with frontline communities and grassroots groups opposed to oil and gas drilling in Los Angeles since 2012. Our organization started at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in 2009, and our mission continues to be driven by the prioritization of public health.

Taking on the oil and gas industry is no easy task.  Can you talk to us a bit about the struggles you’ve faced along the way?
We are a grant-funded 501(3)c NGO, so securing funding is always an obstacle. As for our work and our goals, we actively support a shift from a fossil-fuel driven economy in favor of sustainable, clean, renewable energy resources. We are therefore often opposed by corporate profits and legislators that benefit from oil and gas corporations, including the current presidential administration.

We’d love to hear more about your organization.
We fill a unique role. FracTracker Alliance studies, maps, and communicates the risks of oil and gas development to protect our planet and support the renewable energy transformation. We support groups across the United States, addressing pressing extraction-related concerns with a lens toward health effects and exposure risks on communities from oil and gas development. We provide timely and provocative data, ground-breaking analyses, maps, and other visual tools to help advocates, researchers, and the concerned public better understand the harms posed by hydrocarbon extraction.

What were you like growing up?
I have always been inspired by my natural environment. Growing up in the city, I made use of my concrete jungle, skateboarding constantly. When I moved to the countryside of Pennsylvania as a young adult I fell in love with backpacking and mountain biking. While in Pittsburgh I was obsessed with the rivers and streams, partaking in kayaking and paddling some of the best white-waters. Now in California, I spend much of my time with my dog’s hiking and mountain biking in the Sierras and on the beaches surfing. Access to the outdoors and our local environments need to be prioritized, along with environmental health, so that they can continue to inspire future healthy generations.

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FracTracker Alliance, 2019

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