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    Governor may speak at Taft oil summit

    BY JOHN COX The Bakersfield Californian
    Thursday, Apr 23 2015 12:00 PM

    Congressman Kevin McCarthy will kick things off and Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens will be the headliner, but the last word at this fall's West Kern Petroleum Summit may go to Gov. Jerry Brown.

    After declining an invitation to the previous summit, in 2013, the governor's office has called twice to express interest in speaking at this year's event, Sheri Horn-Bunk, executive director of the event's organizer, the Taft College Foundation, said Thursday.

    "He wants to come. We're holding a spot for him," she said, adding that the governor has been offered the day's final turn at the podium.

    Brown has been a wild card in California oil production. He won plaudits from the industry in 2011, when under pressure from Kern County...

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    Alon stock deal won't impact Bakersfield refinery for at least one year

    A stock transaction announced this week will give a Tennessee-based company a 48 percent stake in the ownership of the refinery on Rosedale Highway, but the deal is not expected to have any immediate effect on plans to upgrade the plant....

  3. Local oil producer wins long-running legal case against neighboring company

    A Bakersfield oil producer has prevailed against a much larger company in a three-year legal battle centering on alleged misuse of materials used to plug underground fissures. Pace Diversified Corp. was sued in 2011 by Santa Monica-based...

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    HECA chief: We're down but not out

    Hydrogen Energy California has had problems lately, but it would be premature to terminate the $4 billion clean-coal plant proposed for eastern Kern County, the project's top executive said this week in an email to regulators and potential...

  5. Young oil engineers share work insights with students at BC

    Civil engineer Roshani Patel thought she would be designing bridges and roads by this time in her career. Instead, she's responsible for testing about 70 oil wells in eastern Kern County. Does that mean she's disappointed, that she regrets...

  6. Halliburton provides notice of 90 local layoffs

    The oil downturn has cost Halliburton Energy Services Inc. 90 jobs in the Bakersfield area since mid-February, according to letters filed recently by the Houston-based company. Part of a global wave of layoffs attributed to a roughly 50...

  7. Regulators propose timetable for closing injection wells

    Emergency rules proposed by California regulators Thursday spell out a series of timetables for closing more than 2,000 wells, most of them in Kern County, that inject oil field wastewater into federally protected aquifers. Although the...

  8. Alon refinery could change hands under proposed stock purchase

    The shuttered refinery on Rosedale Highway could change hands as part of a possible deal being negotiated between two companies with ties to oil production, refining and gasoline retail sales in the United States and Israel. Brentwood, Tenn...

  9. State rejects emergency appeal to halt fracking

    California's Department of Justice has rejected an emergency petition to ban hydraulic fracturing and other controversial oil well stimulation techniques commonly used in Kern County. Calling the petition "factually inaccurate (and)...

  10. State awards $8 million to help harness biogas at Kern dairies

    Two Kern County dairies will be outfitted with technology for turning cow manure into renewable energy with the help of $8 million in state grant money. The California Energy Commission voted Wednesday to give an outfit calling itself...

  11. Oil producer faces fine over 'likely' fracking spill

    A Los Angeles-based company that produces oil in Kern County faces a $67,700 fine for "likely" spilling fracking fluid in the South Belridge Oil Field in 2013. BreitBurn Operating LP, part of publicly traded Breitburn Energy Partners LP, is...

  12. Disposal site near McKittrick looks to expand

    The owner-operator of a landfill and waste treatment plant one mile south of McKittrick is requesting permission for a substantial expansion of the operation. Liquid Waste Management Inc. wants to increase the size of the plant's waste...

  13. A climate change group here? In Bakersfield?

    The heart of California oil country might not be the easiest place to sign up climate-change believers who would support a new tax on the petroleum industry. Then again, what better target than the home of the second highest-ranking...

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