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    State allows two oil field injection wells to resume operation

    BY JOHN COX Californian staff writer
    Friday, Jul 18 2014 11:20 AM

    State oil regulators announced Friday they have lifted emergency shutdown orders on two of the 11 Kern County injection wells closed last week out of concern they may have contaminated protected groundwater.

    One of the wells allowed to resume operation belongs to Longbow LLC, and the other is owned by Pace Diversified Corp., according to the agency that closed the wells July 7, the state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources.

    Longbow and Pace are oil producers based in Bakersfield, and both of their wells were for wastewater disposal. The two companies operate a total of five disposal wells. DOGGR declined to provide information identifying the wells cleared for operation.

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    Oil regulators add 95 wells to review

    State regulators responsible for last week’s emergency shutdown of 11 Kern County oil field injection wells are scrutinizing 95 other fully permitted wells they say may have contaminated protected ground­water. Although the wells appear...

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    State poised to shut down 11 local oil injection wells

    Seven independent oil companies have been ordered to halt state-approved wastewater injection work starting noon Monday out of concern they may be contaminating Kern County drinking water. Emergency orders issued Wednesday by the...

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    Gas station event to decry law's 'hidden tax'

    Business and political leaders plan to gather at a Coffee Road gas station Wednesday to call attention to a state law they say will significantly raise pump prices early next year. Organized by the California Independent Oil Marketers...

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    Oil conference focuses on overlooked Kern resource

    The often-overlooked stars of California oil production -- diatomaceous rock formations responsible for billions of barrels produced in Kern County alone over the past century -- stole the spotlight at an industry event Thursday in...

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    Oil industry keeps faith in the Monterey Shale

    The federal government may have lost confidence in the economic potential of California's Monterey Shale, but the oil industry's faith in the formation remains unshaken. That much was clear Wednesday as three dozen oil company...

  7. Oil regulators revise proposed fracking rules

    A flood of public comments has prompted state regulators to tighten up proposed rules governing fracking, acid matrix stimulation and other enhanced oil recovery techniques starting next year. The California Department of Conservation,...

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    Debate over state oil severance tax continues

    There is little gray area in California's debate over whether to impose a "severance" tax on oil production. Once again, as occurred in 2013, a bill has been introduced to levy a tax of 9.5 percent on oil and 3.5 percent on natural gas...

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    County defers to feds on oil-by-rail safety impacts

    County planners studying an oil-by-rail terminal proposed along Rosedale Highway have determined the project could threaten public safety in the event of a train-related spill but that they lack the regulatory authority to fully address...

  10. Feds slash Monterey Shale estimate by 96 percent

    Short of a technological breakthrough, the vaunted Monterey Shale oil formation underlying much of the southern Central Valley will yield no more than about 600 million barrels, or 96 percent less than previously believed, according to the...

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    Projects would boost crude shipments to Kern

    Dallas-based Alon USA Energy Inc. has proposed an oil car offloading facility at the company's Rosedale Highway refinery. A similar facility by Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline LP is under construction near Taft. Neither plan...

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    A patchwork of agencies responsible for oil train safety

    Because oil shipments from North Dakota to California qualify as interstate commerce, primary oversight responsibility falls to the federal government. But in practice, many state and local agencies also have a hand in preventing,...

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    Recent rail accidents involving light crude oil

    A series of recent derailments have raised concerns about the risks of shipping oil in mile-long "unit trains," especially highly combustible light crude from the Bakken shale formation in and around North Dakota. Here are some recent...

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