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    Environmental lawsuit targets oil-by-train terminal near Taft

    BY JOHN COX The Bakersfield Californian
    Thursday, Jan 29 2015 05:00 PM

    A coalition of environmental activists filed a lawsuit Thursday that attempts to shut down a new oil-by-rail terminal northeast of Taft.

    The suit in Kern County Superior Court alleges the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District worked with the terminal's owner, Plains All American Pipeline LP, to minimize public scrutiny of a facility designed to receive up to two separate mile-long train shipments of oil per day from across North America.

    If the district had handled the project properly, the suit claims, it would have triggered a rigorous public review under the California Environmental Quality Act. Instead, the suit says the agency downplayed the project's negative effects on air quality by approving the project piecemeal.

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    Sun World puts focus to grapes

    Bakersfield-based Sun World International LLC announced Monday it will exit the citrus, pepper and strawberry markets to focus more specifically on grapes. As part of this shift the fruit research, production, distribution and marketing...

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    Business roundup: Valley Republic, business park, Dollar General

    Valley Republic Bank reported earning $2.7 million in 2014, or 78 cents per share, a 32 percent increase over the year before. For the 12 months ended Dec. 31, the Bakersfield institution posted a 35 percent jump in total loans to $248...

  4. Wasco project would treat oil wastewater for reuse

    In another sign oil field wastewater treatment is gaining steam locally, an Arizona company plans to build a $10 million processing plant in Wasco. Sweetwater Tech Resources LLC's proposed 33,000-square-foot facility on 7.5 acres at 591 J...

  5. Supreme court declines to review Chevron tax case against Kern

    In another favorable legal outcome for Kern County oil property tax collections, the state Supreme Court declined this week to review an October appellate court ruling against Chevron USA. The court provided no explanation Wednesday when it...

  6. Kern oil producer partners on field wastewater treatment project

    A local demonstration project announced Tuesday would treat up to 136,500 gallons per day of oil field wastewater for reuse in agriculture and steam-based well stimulation. OriginOil Inc., the Los Angeles-based developer of "Electro Water...

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    Baker Hughes to lay off 7,000 employees

    Baker Hughes Inc., a multinational oil field services company with about 700 employees in Kern County, said Tuesday it plans to lay off 7,000 workers company-wide in the first three months of this year. The Houston-based company did not...

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    State identifies 108 Kern oil field injection wells on the line

    State regulators are scrutinizing more than 100 Kern County injection wells that if closed, as federal officials warn may be warranted, could force local oil companies to decide between cutting production and finding a new destination for...

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    Local energy coalition forms

    A group of local business, educational and nonprofit leaders has formed to support Kern County's petroleum industry in the face of heightened regulatory scrutiny. Kern Citizens for Energy, which debuted Friday with an email advertisement...

  10. New solar plant is second largest of its kind

    A Spanish company has begun operation of a new solar power plant near Edwards Air Force Base believed to be the second-largest of its kind in the world. Abengoa's $1.6 billion Mojave Solar Project opened late last year using parabolic...

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    Fracking study finds significant environmental impacts

    Oil well stimulation techniques such as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," may entail a number of "significant and unavoidable" environmental impacts that cannot be fully cushioned by mitigation measures, according to a draft...

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    Worth noting in business: PG&E offers tree planting as paperless billing incentive

    Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is offering to help plant a tree in the Los Padres National Forest for every one of its customers who switches to paperless billing through Feb. 26. PG&E's partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife...

  13. Project would expand farmers' reuse of oil field 'produced water'

    A partnership between Kern County petroleum producers and local farmers proposes to expand the amount of oil field wastewater used to irrigate crops. The Kern Tulare Water District has applied for a $7.5 million federal grant to help pay...

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