Over a thousand oil industry supporters turned out for the Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting this week. The record number of attendees delivered their message loud and clear that Governor Newsom’s proposed policies would have a devastating effect on the Kern County and state economy.
BizFed Central Valley member and president and CEO of Aera Energy, Christina Sistrunk, talks about the 24,000 men and women in Kern who are being impacted by Governor Newsom's proposed initiatives.
BizFed Central Valley executive director, Clint Olivier, gave testimony and was thanked for his work by Chair Perez.
BizFed Central Valley members testified on the economic impacts of the uncertain regulatory climate as a result of the Governor's proposed policies.
Nearly 20 BizFed Central Valley organizations came out in full force to support the industry and stand up for Kern County.
- Associated Builders and Contractors – Central California Chapter
- Advanced Industrial Services
- Aera Energy LLC
- California Independent Petroleum Assocation
- California Resources Corporation
- Dignity Health
- Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
- Independent Oil Producers Association
- Kern Citizens for Energy
- Kern Economic Development Corporation
- Kern Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Kern Taxpayers Association
- National Association of Royalty Owners – California Chapter
- Sentinel Peak Resources
- Southern California Gas Company
- Taft Chamber of Commerce
- Western States Petroleum Association
Thank you to each and every member that took the time to support our Central Valley economy and show Sacramento that Business Makes Central Valley Work!
Top regulators from the state were on hand to observe the proceedings. All committed to working with local leaders, but also stood firm with no signs of changing course.
Anthony Williams, Legislative Secretary to Governor Newsom, David Shabazian, Department of Conservation Director, and Oil and Gas Supervisor Uduak-Joe Ntuk represented the administration’s perspective.
The Board of Supervisors took two actions to conclude the meeting:
- They committed to sending a dilatation to Sacramento to hold a dialogue with the governor on oil and gas.
- Committed to hire an economic consultant to write up an economic impact report about how the governor’s regulations on the oil industry could impact Kern County.
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