Bill making oil firms liable for wells near homes blocked by lawmakers
California lawmakers have targeted the proximity of oil wells near homes. A new measure, however, went too far in the eyes of ruling Democrats.
May 22, 2023
Another Valley city mulls pinching PG&E
Bakersfield isn't embracing the government takeover route once considered by Fresno lawmakers, but a study could help customers or implode.
May 22, 2023
Chevron adjusting oil pumping amid possible Kern River flooding
The "Big Melt" of Sierra snowpack is having reverberations on the Valley beyond agriculture, now threatening energy production.
May 17, 2023
Fresno again mulls government takeover of electric service from PG&E
Fresno leaders first raised the idea of government-run electric service last October.
May 9, 2023
Environmentalists sue to close Diablo Canyon by 2025, block extended operations
PG&E and Gov. Gavin Newsom pressed forward on keeping California's lone nuclear plant open. Now, environmentalists are hoping to cement a 2006 agreement to shut it down.
April 12, 2023
Top Newsom aide attacks lone Democrat opposing new oil penalty
The Bakersfield Democrat is under fire for siding with her district's interests.
March 29, 2023
Calif. lawmakers speedily OK new tax on gas
California lawmakers approved paving the way for a new tax on energy producers via a little-followed bureaucratic panel.
March 27, 2023
Newsom strikes deal, presses for gas price penalty tax proposal
Oil producers have criticized Gov. Gavin Newsom and lawmakers for rushing a proposal with considerable unintended consequences.
March 21, 2023
PG&E delivers good news for customers, predicts major relief for natural gas bills
The high natural gas bills over the last few months are expected to decrease drastically due to a variety of market factors.
March 15, 2023
Bains pitches bill to shore up Calif. oil production, reduce foreign oil dependency
The Kern County Democrat is seeking to ween California off foreign oil.
February 20, 2023