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    State allows two oil field injection wells to resume operation

    State oil regulators announced Friday they have lifted emergency shutdown orders on two of the 11 Kern County injection wells closed last week out of concern they may have contaminated protected groundwater. One of the wells allowed to...

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    Oil regulators add 95 wells to review

    State regulators responsible for last week’s emergency shutdown of 11 Kern County oil field injection wells are scrutinizing 95 other fully permitted wells they say may have contaminated protected ground­water. Although the wells appear...


    State poised to shut down 11 local oil injection wells

    Seven independent oil companies have been ordered to halt state-approved wastewater injection work starting noon Monday out of concern they may be contaminating Kern County drinking water. Emergency orders issued Wednesday by the...

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    Gas station event to decry law's 'hidden tax'

    Business and political leaders plan to gather at a Coffee Road gas station Wednesday to call attention to a state law they say will significantly raise pump prices early next year. Organized by the California Independent Oil Marketers...


    Oil conference focuses on overlooked Kern resource

    The often-overlooked stars of California oil production -- diatomaceous rock formations responsible for billions of barrels produced in Kern County alone over the past century -- stole the spotlight at an industry event Thursday in...

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    Oil industry keeps faith in the Monterey Shale

    The federal government may have lost confidence in the economic potential of California's Monterey Shale, but the oil industry's faith in the formation remains unshaken. That much was clear Wednesday as three dozen oil company...

  7. Oil regulators revise proposed fracking rules

    A flood of public comments has prompted state regulators to tighten up proposed rules governing fracking, acid matrix stimulation and other enhanced oil recovery techniques starting next year. The California Department of Conservation,...


    Governor urged to visit fracking impacts

    Activists concerned about the environmental impacts of fracking again called on the governor Saturday to come see firsthand what they're so worried about. So far he's yet to send an RSVP. A press conference in Shafter featured members of...

  9. Lawmakers act on fracking, safety of oil transport

    The state Senate is moving to prepare for accidental spills and explosions as more oil is shipped into California by rail but has rejected a moratorium on fracking, the contentious method for extracting oil. Lawmakers on Wednesday approved...

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    County defers to feds on oil-by-rail safety impacts

    County planners studying an oil-by-rail terminal proposed along Rosedale Highway have determined the project could threaten public safety in the event of a train-related spill but that they lack the regulatory authority to fully address...

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    Kern oilmen unfazed by reassessment of Monterey Shale

    It won’t cause an exodus from Kern County oil fields, but a lowering of federal expectations for petroleum production along California’s vaunted Monterey Shale may change the state’s fracking debate, which could add to its local...

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    Estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil slashed

    The amount of oil that can be recovered from California's sprawling Monterey Shale formation using existing technology is far less than thought, according to a new federal estimate that potentially deals a blow to oil companies looking to...

  13. Feds slash Monterey Shale estimate by 96 percent

    Short of a technological breakthrough, the vaunted Monterey Shale oil formation underlying much of the southern Central Valley will yield no more than about 600 million barrels, or 96 percent less than previously believed, according to the...

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