LAST CHANCE to comment on the Kern Oil & Gas EIR! JOIN US as we show up in strong support for Kern County’s oil industry! Monday, November 9th at 9 AM (Please arrive earlier – as early as 7 AM!) Kern County Admin. Building, 1115 Truxtun Avenue See you there!

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County Planning Commission recommends approval of oil and gas permitting initiative

BY JOHN COX jcox@bakersfield.com Monday, Oct 5, 2015 10:12 PM The Kern County Planning Commission voted unanimously Monday to support an ambitious proposal that would streamline local oil permitting, turning back late proposals requested by members of the agriculture industry and even the board’s chairman. The commission’s recommendation to certify a massive environmental review and […]

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LOIS HENRY: Oil industry requires skeptical reporting, not scare tactics

BY LOIS HENRY lhenry@bakersfield.com Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 5:00 PM I’m all for healthy skepticism of the oil industry. By its nature, it’s a dirty, dangerous business. And let’s face it, it has priors for obscenely reckless behavior. But a recent story in The Los Angeles Times went far beyond shedding light on questionable practices. To […]

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INSIDE FRACKING: Chevron offers rare look at controversial practice

BY JOHN COX jcox@bakersfield.com Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 5:00 PM Patrick Niebuhr was chatting with a visitor outside a mobile command center in the Lost Hills Oil Field when suddenly a loud rumbling arose and exhaust began to stream from a series of red semi-trucks parked nearby. The commotion told Niebuhr, a Bakersfield-based technology manager […]

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First airing of oil and gas plan draws overflow crowds

        BY JAMES BURGER jburger@bakersfield.com   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 […]

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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 tdouglas@bakersfield.com 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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