Over the years, as air quality in various locations in California and the nation worsened, including Bakersfield and the San Joaquin Valley, government mandated regulations to curb air pollution forced a switch from solid and liquid fuels to the burning of natural gas. Oil companies that routinely burned diesel fuel (sometimes even crude oil) in their steam generators and process heaters began switching to gas fired units in order to comply with stringent new emission limits.
It may come as a surprise to some Kern County residents that the largest natural gas producing field in California is found just a few short miles from Bakersfield. The field is so big that it produces 3 times as much gas as the 4 next largest producers in the county combined!
Here is a list of the 5 top natural gas producing fields in Kern County. A few of them, but not all, are also included in the list of the 5 biggest crude oil producers in the county.
The production data shown is from 2012 and provided by the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR).