Janice Crador Interview

Janice Crador is a founding member of the Concerned Citizens Committee (CCC), established in 1986, after a landfarm and injection well was proposed by a company already operating several open oilfield waste pits and injection wells in her community since the 1970s. The school where Janice worked as a secretary was already experiencing problems with the drinking water before the expansion proposal. She and others believed that the waste site located near the community water well could be the culprit. Concerned about the possibility of an expansion, she and twenty other citizens from the area organized and went door-to-door passing a petition to oppose the company’s permit application collecting 498 signatures with only 852 registered voters in the area. She and her group were instrumental in the facility not receiving a permit to expand, and the eventual closure of the business. Janice lost her home during hurricane Rita, but she and her husband Robert rebuilt and continue to live in Grand Lake. Audio interview with Janice Crador for Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement by Peggy Frankland, conducted by Jennifer A. Cramer, Director of the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. Copyright: Louisiana State University Special Collections.