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    Alon delays work on oil-by-rail terminal planned for Rosedale Highway refinery

    BY JOHN COX The Bakersfield Californian
    Thursday, Feb 26 2015 05:15 PM

    The owner of the idled refinery on Rosedale Highway told an industry gathering this week the company will start operating a rail terminal at the plant in 2016, not 2015 as previously announced, a legal-news service has reported.

    The report by legal news service Law360 offered no explanation for the delay other than saying the Dallas-based refiner, Alon USA Energy Inc., affirmed it was engaged in "commercial discussions" regarding the project.

    An Alon spokesman would not confirm the schedule revision, and he declined Thursday to comment on the report. As recently as November the company said the $50 million to $70 million terminal could open later this year.

    The project, along with a refinery upgrade that could allow the 200-worker...

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    Talk of oil prices leads to regulatory discussion

    A Monday meeting promoted as a discussion of how low oil prices affect the local economy turned into a rallying cry against new and proposed oil regulations. There was some talk of why prices have fallen by half since June, and how that...

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    Pixley biogas project 'a nice little fit' for ethanol plant, nearby dairy

    It may have sounded impossibly idealistic at one time, but there's no longer any debate about whether dairy waste can be converted into low-carbon energy, even on an industrial scale. The question these days is, under what conditions does...

  4. U.S. SBA seeks 17 local entrepreneurs for special training

    A federal program that trained select entrepreneurs in Fresno for the last five years is about to debut in Bakersfield with the promise of helping small business owners take their companies to the next level. The U.S. Small Business...

  5. Local office market improved in 2014, new report says

    Bakersfield's office market posted strong results at the end of last year as citywide vacancies fell significantly and rental prices increased, according to a new report by Cushman & Wakefield. The city's overall vacancy rate declined to 6...

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    Relax, oil train skeptics: Kern gets little or no oil by rail from North Dakota

    It's never acceptable when a mile-long train carrying tons of crude oil derails, catches fire and then smolders for days. For starters, the environmental damage can be tremendous, not to mention the cleanup costs. Few would deny that...

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    SunEdison shows off 663-acre solar plant near Lamont

    Solar power developer SunEdison on Wednesday celebrated its new, $300 million photovoltaic plant generating 60 megawatts on 663 acres northeast of Lamont. Opened in November, the Regulus Solar plant at 13651 E. Panama Lane generates...

  8. Delano grape grower adds solar power system

    A Delano grape grower, packer and shipper has added a 1.2 megawatt solar power system expected to trim its utility bill by $330,000 a year. Four Star Fruit's photovoltaic installation is intended to provide more than 60 percent of its...

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    Growers worry about economic damage from ports slowdown

    Central Valley growers are becoming increasingly alarmed at a port slowdown they say has disrupted almond and citrus exports. Warning of food rotting on the dock and millions of dollars per day in lost produce sales, agricultural trade...

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    CPUC proposes $5.6 million fine against PG&E for 2012 demolition fatality in Bakersfield

    State officials want Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to pay $5.6 million to settle issues related to the 2012 death of a demolition worker at the utility's former power plant along Coffee Road. PG&E's primary regulator, the California Public...

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    AT&T cuts about 65 Bakersfield jobs

    AT&T recently slashed its Bakersfield workforce by about 65 positions as part of a consolidation of company operations in Southern California. The cutbacks at a call center at 5101 Office Park Drive were intended to improve customer...

  12. State proposes cooperation on injection well exemptions

    State oil regulators are telling neighboring oil field operators to work together if they want permission to inject steam, water or waste into aquifers not already exempted from federal groundwater protections. In a letter Friday to the U.S...

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    $30 million set aside to fight citrus threat

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced grants totaling $30 million to fight a disease threatening California's citrus industry. Twenty-two projects announced this week by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack would combat citrus greening,...

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