California fines Chevron over Kern County oil leaks

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — California regulators have fined Chevron $2.7 million for violations at a facility in Kern County where there have been multiple oil leaks.

The Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources said Wednesday that Chevron illegally allowed uncontrolled oil releases at Cymric Oil Field.

The seep out of the ground where Chevron injects steam to extract oil has been happening on and off for months.

Chevron officials didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the fine.

The state previously issued the oil giant a notice of violation ordering it to stop steam injections around the area where the seep was occurring.

The company said last month that its goal is to prevent the releases. It said it’s working closely with regulators.

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