Monday, March 9, 2015

Citizen Groups Want Kern Hydrogen Energy Plant Nixed

Concerned citizens in Kern County along with environmental groups statewide last week filed a petition urging the California Energy Commission to terminate the certification proceeding for the Hydrogen Energy California plant proposed for western Kern County. The plant is designed to burn coal and petroleum coke to produce electricity, send the resulting carbon dioxide through a pipeline to the Elk Hills oil fields, where it would be injected underground to stimulate oil production. The four billion dollar project is advertised as a way to generate power while enhancing oil supplies. Plans to build the controversial plant have been stalled for the past 18 months because the project has not provided the Commission with sufficient information to review the proposal. Pacifica’s Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.