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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
The timely topic of hydraulic fracturing will be the focus of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce's second Good Morning Bakersfield event Monday.
"It should be a very interesting and informative breakfast," Chamber President and CEO Cindy Pollard said Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
She said the forum will explore how the technology used in our region compares to that used elsewhere.
Pollard noted the economic potential of tapping into the Monterey Shale, saying "it's huge for our economy."
Mark Nechodom, director of the California Department of Conservation, joined the simulcast by phone.
When simulcast host Scott Cox asked about people's concerns about the process to extract oil, Nechodom said, "I would hope the facts win out over fear."
He acknowledged the concern among some that there are special dangers in the use of hydraulic fracturing beyond those present in other methods of oil and gas production. Nechodom said the regulations are well-honed and are being modified, and the fact is the department has no reports of damage related directly to hydraulic fracturing.
In addition to Nechodom, Monday's presenters will include:
* Kevin Hopkins, of The Communications Institute.
* Suzanne Noble, vice president of regional issues for Western States Petroleum Association.
* Dave Quast, California director of Energy In-Depth.
The second Good Morning Bakersfield takes place at 7 a.m. Monday at the DoubleTree Hotel. It's $45 for chamber members and $75 for non-members. Call 327-4421 or go to bakersfieldchamber.org.