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Press Releases

January 23, 2017: Judge Dismisses Frivolous Lawsuit

A federal judge has dismissed a case a small group of landowners filed in 2015 against state officials and energy producers (Committee to Protect Our Agricultural Water et al vs. Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation et al.). California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) Chief Executive Officer Rock Zierman issued the following statement after the court issued its order:

“We’re grateful the courts have ruled against this frivolous lawsuit. We always found it ironic that this small group of landowners are suing state officials who are enforcing the toughest oil production laws in the nation.”

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September 26, 2016: Court Strikes Down Frivolous Activist Lawsuit

California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) Chief Executive Officer, Rock Zierman, today issued the following statement after Alameda Superior Court Judge, the Honorable George C. Hernandez, Jr., released a final ruling in Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club vs. California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources. CIPA was an intervenor in the case.

“Unbiased, independent scientific reviews have proven that responsible oil production can coexist with environmental protection.  Activists with an agenda to stop all oil production continue to ignore the facts and have failed in three separate legal maneuvers. However, science and the courts have consistently sided with the facts, rather than the hyperbole of activists.”

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June 27, 2016: Energy Producers Provide Summer Internships to Recent High School Graduates

Oil and gas producers are teaming up for the inaugural year of a program to provide graduating high school seniors exposure to the California oil and gas industry through a summer employment program.

E&B Natural Resources, California Resources Corporation and LINN Energy are collaborating with California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) and several school districts throughout the state to provide graduating seniors a summer experience that will provide exposure to quality oil and gas industry career options available along the educational spectrum.

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May 23, 2016: Local Energy Producers Award $5,000 in Scholarships to Students Pursuing Careers in Energy

Seniors from Bakersfield’s Independence High School Energy Academy will receive extra financial support after graduation thanks to local energy producers.

The Kern Energy Foundation awarded $5,000 in scholarships to thirteen deserving graduating seniors.  The top prize was $1,000 and instructors were also awarded funding to purchase science kits which high school students use when they visit local elementary schools to educate younger students about the importance of energy. 

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February 18, 2016: California Independent Petroleum Association Hires Willie Rivera as Director of Regulatory Affairs

California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) Chief Executive Officer Rock Zierman is pleased to announce the trade association has hired Willie Rivera to serve as Director of Regulatory Affairs. CIPA created this new role to manage the increasingly complex regulatory requirements imposed on the oil and gas industry. In this role, Rivera will be responsible for the management of local, state and federal regulatory issues and developing relationships with government officials.

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September 9, 2015: California Independent Petroleum Association Hires Sabrina Demayo Lockhart as Director of Communications

California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) Chief Executive Officer Rock Zierman is pleased to announce the trade association has hired Sabrina Demayo Lockhart as Director of Communications. The role is a newly-created position for the non-profit, non-partisan trade association, which represents approximately 500 independent crude oil and natural gas producers, royalty owners, and service and supply companies operating in California.

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