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Still stinging from last year's passage of California's first fracking law, petroleum industry representatives in Bakersfield Tuesday shared ideas for swaying public opinion to head off regulatory activity they warned could kill jobs, raise gas prices and increase reliance on foreign oil.
The six-hour West Coast Industry Summit looked at various challenges -- tighter clean air and groundwater protections, constraints on well stimulation activity, greater scrutiny of oil shipments by train -- and concluded more effort was needed to counter the growing influence of environmental activists.
It was the latest of several industry conferences highlighting the need to play more offense, but Tuesday's event focused more than others on strategies for winning over voters and lawmakers.
Participants including four state legislators representing parts of Kern County urged greater use of social media, oil field tours, targeted philanthropy and focus groups to spread the message that oil companies are not the environmentally destructive forces they are often portrayed as.
Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, asked industry players to step up or risk another law like 2013's Senate Bill 4, the only state law specifically regulating fracking, the controversial well stimulation technique also known as hydraulic fracturing.
Kern County Probation officials are cooperating with Bakersfield police and conducting their own internal administrative investigation regarding allegations a correctional officer sexually assaulted a teen girl at Juvenile Hall.
A Rabobank on Gosford Road was robbed at noon Tuesday.
Sigmund Freud is alleged to have famously said sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
A Ridgecrest man was convicted Tuesday in Superior Court of felony child abuse in a case involving his 2-year-old son.
After a wild Friday night in which No. 1 Edison was knocked off at home, 15-14 by Sanger, and No. 2 Bakersfield needed a fourth-quarter rally to survive Frontier's upset bid, it was easy to expect upheaval in the BVarsity Central Section rankings. In fact, you can make a legitimate case for six different teams to be ranked No. 1 in the section.
A trial date has been set for next year in a civil suit tied to the Taft Union High School shooting that left a student critically injured last year.
The coroner's office Tuesday identified a pedestrian who was killed earlier this month in Oildale.
Smoke alarms are credited with waking a family on Kentucky Street early Tuesday morning allowing it to escape a house fire.
A pedestrian struck by two trucks Friday morning in southwest Bakersfield and who died Sunday has been identifed as 31-year-old Pablo Antonio Metta.
Bakersfield police are searching for two suspects in connection with an Oct. 7 burglary at the Smart & Final store on Golden State Avenue.
It started with Josh Currie falling ill right before the home game on Saturday night against the Stockton Thunder and by Tuesday only a handful of Condors were able to hit the ice for practice.
With a five touchdown catch performance from Derrik Vickers, Bakersfield College got a dramatic win against Moorpark College. However, there were plent of important plays throughout the night. In fact, here's five we thought were key to the win.