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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...

  2. 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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    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...

  4. 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...

  8. 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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    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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