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Chevron Ordered to Halt Massive Oil Spill Into Kern County Canyon




Oil flows into a Chevron oil field in Kern County in this photo tweeted on May 13, 2019, by the Office of Spill Prevention and Response of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Oil flows into a Chevron oil field in Kern County in this photo tweeted on May 13, 2019, by the Office of Spill Prevention and Response of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Regulators in California say that Chevron has not done enough to stop a massive oil spill that dumped approximately 800,000 gallons of crude oil and water into a Kern County cannon, and they want the company to take more measures to stop the flow.

The filtration of soil where Chevron injects steam to extract oil has been occurring since May.

The state has issued Chevron an infraction notice ordering it to stop vapor injections around the area where the leak was taking place. Chevron said the last flow was on Tuesday.

KQED reports that regulators took another step on Friday by ordering the company to completely stop the flow and avoid any further launch. Chevron said it will review the order and work with the agencies involved.

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