by Christopher Helman – Forbes.com
The 500,000 people in this area suffer from being exposed to groundwater polluted by agriculture as well as having the 5th worst year-round particle pollution in the nation, according to the American Lung Association.
Bakersfield is the oil capital of California, home to some of the oldest and biggest fields in the nation. Emissions from oil and gas processing contributes to Central Valley air pollution that is the worst in the nation. According to the Lung Association, the population of 800,000 is subject to the worst particle pollution in the country and third-worst ozone.
The Forbes story came out today 12-12-12 – this story came out yesterday 12-11-12
Bakersfield’s average gas prices are the highest in California, according to the latest survey of fuel prices
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