Environmental groups stop oil trains in their tracks


A project touted for bringing jobs and economic growth to Kern County is being put on hold.

The Alon Bakersfield Refinery's Crude Flexibility Project would bring crude oil from North Dakota to Kern County for refining.

In September of 2014, the Kern County Board of Supervisors approved the project with the expectations that it would create more jobs and bring millions of dollars into the local economy.

But a judge in Fresno placed the project on hold until a new environmental-impact report can be created.

The president of the Association of Irritated Residents, Tom Franz, said the project could have devastating impacts on air quality.

"We have the worst air quality in the nation. This project would obviously impact our air quality. So, we want to make sure on a new project that we mitigate and offset all new types of air pollution," said Franz.

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