Local oil producer and former Big West supplier Ken Hunter
has studied the situation, and his
take is this: "I'm confused."
It would also be a good customer for local oil producers, said Hunter, president of Bakersfield's Vaquero Energy Inc.
But so far, he
said, there's no evidence that Alon is looking to set up contracts with local crude suppliers, as people in Kern's oil industry have said would be in the best interest of any would-be Big West operator.
"At this point," Hunter
said, "they don't seem to be making any attempts to buy local crude."