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  • California to see surge in oil brought in by rail Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 3:24 PM ET

    VENTURA, Calif.— California is preparing for an oil boom— brought in on rail cars. There are no pipelines that bring crude oil into California. According to the California Public Utilities Commission, five California refineries have facilities either about to come online or in the planning stages that will let them receive crude-oil deliveries by rail.

  • WASHINGTON, April 4- Republican lawmakers said on Friday over regulation has prevented a shale oil boom in California and if eased, could boost production in the state and reduce its dependence on foreign energy.

  • March 28- A prolonged drought in California could lead to ratings downgrades on the state's water and public power utilities unless they show a willingness to raise prices, according to a report by Fitch Ratings.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 19- The council of the Los Angeles County city of Carson, California, has unanimously approved a 45- day moratorium on new oil and gas drilling, a setback for Occidental Petroleum's plans to drill more than 200 new wells there and the latest example of local governments taking a stand against fracking.

  • LOS ANGELES, March 1- California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a $687 million drought-relief package to deal with a water shortage he has called the worst in the state's modern history.

  • LOS ANGELES, March 1- California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a $687 million drought-relief package to deal with a water shortage he has called the worst in the state's modern history.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 21- California lawmakers have unveiled a new bill that would halt fracking and other controversial oil extraction practices in the state until a comprehensive review of their impact is complete, reigniting a legislative debate that fracking opponents lost last year.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 21- The worsening drought in California will for the first time force a complete cutoff of federally supplied irrigation water to most farm districts in the state's Central Valley heartland this year, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said on Friday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 10- California fracking opponents aiming to stop development of massive state oil reserves are focusing their drive this year around the state's record-breaking drought, arguing oil production would suck sorely needed water from farms and homes.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 10- The most powerful winter storm to hit California in more than a year dumped several feet of snow in the high Sierras and soaked lower elevations with rain over the weekend, easing drought conditions but leaving the state thirsting for more, officials said on Monday.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 10- The most powerful winter storm to hit California in more than a year dumped several feet of snow in the high Sierras and soaked lower elevations with rain over the weekend, easing drought conditions but leaving the state thirsting for more, officials said on Monday.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 10- California's revenue fell 20 percent in January from a year earlier to $12.2 billion, but surpassed estimates in the state budget, controller John Chiang's office said on Monday. Cash from personal income taxes, California's most important source of revenue, came in at $10.66 billion, down from $13.45 billion for January 2013.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 5- Drought-stricken California farmers facing drastic cutbacks in irrigation water are expected to idle some 500,000 acres of cropland this year in a record production loss that could cause billions of dollars in economic damage, industry officials said.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- The Republican-led House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would roll back federal rules to provide more water for farmers and municipalities in California's Central Valley as the state copes with its worst drought in decades.

  • Drought forces California farmers to idle cropland Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 2:26 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, Feb 5- Drought-stricken California farmers facing drastic cutbacks in irrigation water are expected to idle some 500,000 acres of cropland this year in a record production loss that could cause billions of dollars in economic damage, industry officials said.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 4- California's senate leader is preparing a $644 million emergency drought relief bill designed to quickly fund shovel-ready projects to combat the state's severe water shortage, according to a draft of the bill. California is facing its worst drought in decades.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 17- California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency on Friday, a move that will allow the parched state to seek federal aid as it grapples with what could turn out to be the driest year in recorded state history for many areas.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan 9- California's Democratic governor took a stern line on fiscal restraint as he released a $107 billion budget plan on Thursday, potentially inviting a fight with more progressive state lawmakers who want to restore spending on social programs cut during the long economic downturn.

  • HOUSTON, Dec 16- The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Monday called on California officials to adopt new rules for crude oil refineries that would force owners to prove they can operate their plants at the lowest risk practicable, the federal investigative agency said.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 13- Dan Richard is determined to keep California's plan for building an 800- mile high-speed rail system on track despite two recent court rulings against it and rising criticism of the effort.

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