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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.

  2. 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...

  3. 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...


    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...

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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...

  8. 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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    County estimates $61 million hit from falling oil prices

    Good news at the gas pump may be bad news for Kern County government's economic future. It looks like $61 million in oil industry property tax revenue will disappear from the county budget next fiscal year, which starts July 1. That's...

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    Political uproar over oil permitting resurfaces

    Kern County politicians are preparing for "war" with federal and state oil regulators over a permitting slowdown whose roots reach to a 2011 backlog that led Gov. Jerry Brown to oust two top Sacramento officials. At issue then and now is...

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    New report calls for better oversight of oil injection wells

    In a report with strong implications for Kern County's oil industry, an environmental activist group called Tuesday for changing the process for exempting aquifers from federal groundwater protections. The 19-page report by Washington, D...

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    Falling prices could mean Kern oilfield layoffs

    Plummeting oil prices have raised the likelihood of sizable layoffs in Kern County's petroleum industry early next year as producers facing sharply lower revenues scale back on drilling and other labor-intensive operations. While...

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    State clashes with railroads over handling of oil train information

    On the day before Thanksgiving, officials at Kern County's Taft fire station got a phone call advising them that a mile-long oil train would be arriving at a nearby pipeline terminal the next day. As important as that notification may...

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