Local

Chevron Completes Repairs Following Richmond Refinery Fire

View Comments
Smoke rises from the Richmond Chevron refinery fire (CBS)

Smoke rises from the Richmond Chevron refinery fire (CBS)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

RICHMOND (CBS / AP) — Chevron Corp. said it has completed repairs at an area of its Richmond refinery that was damaged last year in a fire.

The Contra Costa Times reports that production will not begin in the repaired crude unit until final regulatory approvals are given, which could be by the end of June.

The refinery was damaged by the August fire that sent a towering plume of black smoke into the air. Thousands of nearby residents complained of respiratory issues after the blaze.

The company received a nearly $1 million fine from state workplace safety regulators, who said Chevron didn’t heed its own scientists’ advice to replace the old, corroded pipe that failed and caused the fire.

Sean Comey, a company spokesman, said the company is improving safety and oversight.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 54,002 other followers