Kern Citizens for Energy

Kern Citizens for Energy is an organization dedicated to supporting the thousands of men and women who work in the energy industry here in Kern County.

First airing of oil and gas plan draws overflow crowds

BY JAMES BURGER Monday, Jul 27, 2015 11:43 AM John Farrand / The Californian Spectators fill the Kern County Board of Supervisors chambers at the first public meeting to discuss a new oil and gas permitting plan. Monday turned into an oil industry love fest. Kern County’s plan to streamline oil and gas permitting […]

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Everyone in Kern has a stake in future of oil and gas production.

Wednesday, March 18 2015 By Greg Bynum The day after formation of Kern Citizens for Energy was announced, a news writer wondered why anybody not invested in the oil or gas industry would want to become involved in the issue. As a longtime resident of Kern County and a business owner, I can answer the […]

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Got a political agenda? At least be honest about it

January 20, 2015By Lois Henry Bakersfield Californian Sometimes I don’t know what to make of my media brethren. They approach the oil industry with a great deal of skepticism and scrutiny. That’s exactly as it should be. Meanwhile, however, environmental groups are given a pass. Even when they spread misinformation and outright lies. (More on […]

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Bakersfield Observed: A blog about life, media, politics and people

Thursday, Jan 22 2015By Richard Beene ENERGY: Keep an eye on a new organization that is working on behalf of our oil and gas sector here in Kern County. Founded by Tracy Leach, the Kern Citizens for Energy is focused on countering some of the misinformation being put forth by environmental and anti-fossil fuel groups. […]

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City to Weigh Supporting County Oil Ordinance

August 18, 2014BY THEO DOUGLAS Californian staff writer 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 and Litigation Committee, which is comprised of three council members, […]

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Oil Industry Supporters Ask for Taft’s Support

By Doug Keeler, Midway Driller EditorPosted Aug. 13, 2014 The Taft City Council got an invitation to endorse a coalition supporting the oil industry and by all indications, they’ll do just that. Tracy Leach and Nick Ortiz made the invitation on behalf of Kern Citizens for Energy earlier this month. Ortiz is manager, production regions […]

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Reduced energy production will put community services at risk

July 16, 2014 A recent opinion piece in this paper discussed misleading public health concerns if the state moves forward with safe oil extraction methods (“When it comes to public health, we can’t ignore our environment,” July 7). However, public health programs used by Californians in need would be in jeopardy if the state restricted […]

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Oil industry keeps faith in the Monterey Shale

Wednesday, June 25 2014 07:15 PMBy John Cox Californian staff writer 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 representatives gathered in Bakersfield for the first half […]

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Kern oilmen unfazed by reassessment of Monterey Shale

Wednesday, May 21 2014 05:48 PM BY JOHN COX, Californian staff writer 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 repercussions. Kern oilmen familiar with the […]

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