Oil giant cutting jobs in Kern County

The global oil products giant Baker Hughes announced Thursday it's cutting jobs in Kern County.
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- As far as jobs are concerned, it could be the first tangible fallout from legislation to beef up oilfield fracking regulations in California.

Baker Hughes Incorporated announced Thursday afternoon it will release or redeploy 110 workers in its western region due to what it called "declining market needs."  Rick Pierruci, the company's managing director for the western region says the reduction in force is largely due to the recent passing of California Senate Bill 4, which further regulates hydraulic fracturing operations, causing a slow-down of related activity for the oil and gas industry.

Bottom line, the oil service company says Senator Fran Pavli's bill is causing a backlog in the processing of permits for fracking jobs in Kern County.  Baker Hughes says other oilfield service companies are being negatively impacted as well.
We could not independently confirm that as of news time Thursday night.

We contacted the state agency responsible for processing fracking permits for comment. Don Drysdale with the Department of Conservation told us since January 1, when SB4 took effect, there have been 273 notices to frack sent to the agency.

Of those, 15 were withdrawn by the operators, the rest were approved.  But in addition, there were 125 fracking notices sent back to the operators because they were incomplete and didn't contain specifics for groundwater monitoring programs required by Senate Bill 4.

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