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    Oil regulators defend permitting of injection wells at contentious hearing

    A brewing controversy over Kern County oil field practices heated up Tuesday as top Brown administration appointees fended off state lawmakers' allegations that California regulators have become too cozy with the petroleum industry. At a...

  2. Legislative hearing will focus on oil field injections

    State lawmakers will meet Tuesday to discuss regulatory problems that have resulted in the closure of nearly two dozen Kern County oil field disposal wells since June. Senior officials with the state Department of Conservation, the State...

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    CEO pressed on future of Bakersfield refinery

    The chief executive of Alon USA Energy Inc. told investors Friday the company is talking with "a number of parties" about using a proposed oil-by-rail terminal on Rosedale Highway, even as he declined to say when the company might decide...

  4. State shuts in a dozen more injection wells

    Twelve more Kern County wastewater injection wells are being closed to safeguard federally protected groundwater, doubling the number of local disposal facilities shut in since early July, state regulators announced Tuesday. Some of the...

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    Groups ask state to shelve HECA coal project

    Environmental activists asked state energy officials Tuesday to declare an end to a Massachusetts-based company's proposal to build a $4 billion clean coal plant near Tupman. Saying work on the project appears to have stalled, the Sierra...

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

    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....

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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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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,...

  12. 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...

  13. 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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