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Oil-By-Rail Project For Bakersfield Refinery Sparks Debate

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Joe Moore
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Valley Public Radio

Kern County is on the verge of an oil boom. Not in local production, but in oil from North Dakota, transported to California by rail. The Golden State is already a major destination for trains filled with crude oil from the Midwest. But a new project that goes before the Kern County Board of Supervisors later today would expand that significantly for one local refinery.

The Bakersfield California's energy industry reporter John Cox joined us on Valley Edition to talk about the planned expansion of the rail facility at the Alon Refinery on Rosedale Highway, and what it would mean for the community. Supporters say it would create jobs by restarting a refinery that has been operating only intermittently, but critics have raised safety concerns.

Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of Valley Public Radio. During his tenure, he's helped lead the station through major programming changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the station's financial health. From 2010-2018 he served as the station's Director of Program Content. In that role, he also served as the host of Valley Edition, and helped launch and grow the station's award-winning local news department. He is a Fresno native and a graduate of California State University, Fresno.
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