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    Projects would boost crude shipments to Kern

    Dallas-based Alon USA Energy Inc. has proposed an oil car offloading facility at the company's Rosedale Highway refinery. A similar facility by Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline LP is under construction near Taft. Neither plan...

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    A patchwork of agencies responsible for oil train safety

    Because oil shipments from North Dakota to California qualify as interstate commerce, primary oversight responsibility falls to the federal government. But in practice, many state and local agencies also have a hand in preventing,...

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    Recent rail accidents involving light crude oil

    A series of recent derailments have raised concerns about the risks of shipping oil in mile-long "unit trains," especially highly combustible light crude from the Bakken shale formation in and around North Dakota. Here are some recent...

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    Increased oil train traffic raises potential for safety challenges

    First responders think of the rail yard by Bakersfield High School when they envision the worst-case scenario in Kern County's drive to become a major destination for Midwestern oil trains. If a derailment there punctures and ignites a...

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    Technical problems turn film screening into fracking debate

    The film screening inside a Bakersfield church hall was never intended to be a community forum about fracking. But because of one technical problem after another, and a few restive oil and gas industry people in the audience, there was...

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    Environmentalists say state has withheld required fracking information

    A prominent environmental group accused state oil regulators Wednesday of failing to comply with public disclosure rules contained in an interim version of California's new fracking law. The accusations are part of the Center for...

  7. New fracking rules lead to confusion, layoffs

    Permitting delays related to California's new hydraulic fracturing law are taking a toll on Kern County oil field employment. Oil services giant Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday it is laying off or reassigning 110 workers in Bakersfield,...

  8. Study warns of oil activity-induced earthquakes

    Environmental groups released a report Thursday intended to return public attention to earthquake risks associated with underground injection activity in oilfields near Bakersfield and other California population centers. Without pointing...

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    New bill resurrects old oil tax idea

    Almost every year a politician in Sacramento proposes a new tax on California oil production. And every time -- so far -- it goes down in defeat. State Sen. Noreen Evans believes this year is going to be different. On Wednesday, the...

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    State appoints new top regulator over local oilfields

    A geologist with experience overseeing underground injection work in Bakersfield oilfields has been appointed Kern County's top oil regulator. When he reports to work May 1, Dan Wermiel, 61, will become the third man since 2011 to lead...

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    Oxy moving ahead with California spinoff

    Occidental Petroleum Corp. would have a freer hand to develop its substantial Kern County assets under plans announced Friday to spin off the company’s California operations. The move set for completion by early next year addresses...

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    An instance of oil and water mixing

    New water treatment technologies may help local oil companies cope with the dual challenges of drought and the Central Valley groundwater's growing salinity, industry professionals said at a conference in Bakersfield Wednesday. The...

  13. Phillips 66 to build San Luis Obispo rail terminal

    LOS ANGELES -- Phillips 66, which operates refineries across California, is moving forward with a plan to build a rail terminal in San Luis Obispo County that would send trains with up to 80 tank cars of crude oil through Southern...

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