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    Job agency struggles to reach oil workers before they're laid off

    BY JOHN COX The Bakersfield Californian
    Saturday, Feb 28 2015 03:00 PM

    Layoffs are never easy. But when they become unavoidable, employers can take simple steps to make sure their laid-off workers at least know about taxpayer-funded services designed to help them find a new job.

    That doesn't always happen. During the depth of the Great Recession, for example, a local job training and referrals agency had a hard time getting companies to notify them of job cuts in a timely manner.

    It's happening again as oil companies operating in Kern County slash their payrolls in order to cope with a drilling slowdown following a 50 percent drop in oil prices since June.

    State records indicate at least 882 local workers, and likely many more, have been let go from no fewer than three oil field service companies since...

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

    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...

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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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...


    Federal outlook sees low oil prices continuing

    A new federal forecast predicts oil prices won't rise significantly this year as production levels remain high and international demand stays weak. The U.S. Energy Information Administration's Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Tuesday,...

  7. Water officials to demand information on more oil field disposal ponds

    Regional water quality regulators plan to issue enforcement actions this year to operators of about 200 local oil field wastewater percolation ponds that, until recently, they didn't know existed. The enforcement actions will consist mainly...

  8. Weatherford discloses plans for 8,000 oil field layoffs

    Another oil field services company with substantial operations in Kern County has announced plans for major layoffs. Ireland-based Weatherford International Plc announced Thursday during an earnings conference that it would let go of...

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    Baker Hughes plans 130 California layoffs this week

    Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations Inc. has notified Kern County's Board of Supervisors it plans to lay off 130 California employees this week, including an unspecified number at the company's Shafter plant. The notification, dated Friday,...

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    Environmental lawsuit targets oil-by-train terminal near Taft

    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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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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