On May 1, 2016 CFROG hired Kimberly Rivers as Executive Director.
“Kimberly is exceedingly well qualified to take on this challenge,” said John Brooks, CFROG’s Board Chair. “We have a great deal of work to do to protect Ventura County’s environment and public health from unscrupulous resource extraction practices. There is so much at stake for the residents of this county. It’s great that CFROG is beginning to have enough support to hire talented staff.”
Since 2012, Rivers has been covering the oil and gas industry (and other issues) in Ventura County as a freelance reporter, primarily for the Ojai Valley News, the Ventura County Reporter and her own news blog VCInFocus.com. She covered the development and eventual passage of the first state regulations in California on hydraulic fracturing (SB4), and she was the first to report on Anterra Energy, a Class II oilfield waste disposal site in Oxnard. After those initial news stories, Anterra was (and continues to be) the subject of investigation by the Ventura County District Attorney.
“I’m excited to join the CFROG team,” said Rivers. “CFROG’s role as a watchdog in the County is vital. Yes, Ventura County’s history is rooted in the oil and gas industry, but current science about the long-term cumulative impacts of extraction, production and burning of fossil fuels requires close scrutiny of the industry and the County’s permitting process both for renewing old permits and for new projects.”
Rivers has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In spring of 2016 she completed the University of California Naturalist Certification course offered through Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. She has lived in Ventura County for 13 years, first in Piru and now in Ojai.
Contact Kimberly at firstname.lastname@example.org