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    State outlines plan to improve injection well oversight

    A preliminary state assessment has identified problems with the way California reviews oil field disposal wells, and determined its regulators may lack adequate training, accountability and proper qualifications. The early findings,...

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    City to weigh supporting county oil ordinance

    A Bakersfield City Council committee directed city staff on Monday to explore joining with Kern Citizens for Energy and considering a resolution supporting changes to the way Kern County does oil business. The City Council's Legislative...

  3. Federal EPA sets deadlines for state action on injection wells

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given California regulators a series of deadlines -- some coming as soon as next week -- for developing plans of action and producing other information related to the state's oversight of oil...

  4. Letter from 1985 spares about 100 wells from shutdown

    The state-ordered shutdown of a dozen local waste disposal wells has made this a troubling summer for Kern County's oil industry. But it could have been far worse. Until several few weeks ago, California oil regulators thought they had no...

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    Oxy prepares to cut loose its California operations

    One of the biggest names in Kern County petroleum production is moving swiftly to spin off its California operations in a move expected to boost investment in -- and in some cases modernize -- local oil fields. Since announcing spinoff...

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    State shuts another Kern oil injection well

    State oil regulators have added another Kern County disposal well to the list of 11 shut down under emergency orders in July because officials worry they may have contaminated protected groundwater. State records indicate that last year...

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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...

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    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...

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    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...

  13. 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,...

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