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    County unanimously OKs Alon refinery’s oil-by-train project

    The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve Alon USA Energy Inc.’s controversial plan to bring in two mile-long oil trains per day through Bakersfield. Dismissing environmentalists’ worries of a catastrophic spill,...

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    Oxy spinoff delays proposed energy plant

    A $4 billion, 200-employee energy and chemical plant proposed in western Kern County has been placed on hold because of Occidental Petroleum Corp.'s spinoff of its California operations. The 453-acre Hydrogen Energy California plant planned...

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    Fracking study may allow feds to resume lucrative oil leases in Kern

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management took a big step toward resuming auctions of federal property in California for oil and gas production with its release Thursday of an independent scientific review of well stimulation activities in the...

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    State shuts two more oil field disposal wells in Kern

    California regulators have shut in two more Kern County oil field disposal wells, bringing the total to 11 facilities idled since the start of July. State Oil and Gas Supervisor Steven R. Bohlen issued emergency orders Aug. 18 closing the...

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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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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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