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From left, Matt Wells, Mitch Tate and Steve Northern make a connector change on a Nabors rig at Occidental Elk Hills.

Local oil producer California Resources Corp. reported this week it has applied for a federal permit to capture and bury up to 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in a depleted oil and gas reservoir in the Elk Hills area near Tupman.

Potentially leapfrogging its earlier proposal to capture and use carbon dioxide coming off the smokestack of a power plant it owns in Elk Hills, CRC said the new proposal could begin underground injection of about 1 million metric tons per year of carbon dioxide — 2.2 billion pounds, or roughly equivalent to the annual emissions of about 200,000 passenger vehicles — within four years.