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Oilfield project in west Kern could become national model for burying greenhouse gases

An oilfield facility in western Kern County has emerged as a leading national candidate for demonstrating technology intended to bury carbon dioxide that would otherwise be vented into the atmosphere.

The U.S. Department of Energy recently agreed to help fund a study looking at the feasibility of retrofitting California Resource Corp.'s 550-megawatt Elk Hills Power Plant with equipment allowing it to capture and sequester three-quarters of the CO2 produced at the site.

John Cox can be reached at 661-395-7404. Follow him on Twitter: @TheThirdGraf. Sign up at Bakersfield.com for free newsletters about local business.

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