Chevron Refinery Fire
Two East Bay lawmakers have introduced bills in Sacramento meant to address issues that they say came up following last year’s Chevron Refinery fire.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health had fined Chevron nearly $1 million for worker safety violations related to a massive Aug. 6 fire at the company’s Richmond refinery.
State inspection documents say corrosion that went unchecked — the suspected cause of a fire at a Chevron Corp. refinery in August — was linked to another fire at the San Francisco Bay area plant last year.
Chevron spokeswoman Heather Kulp said the root cause of the pipe leak was high temperature sulfidation corrosion from the fuel moving within the five-foot segment of the refinery’s eight-inch-round 200-foot-long carbon steel pipe.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a criminal investigation of Chevron after learning the company had been routing pollutants around monitoring equipment at its Richmond refinery.
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is calling for a federal investigation into gasoline price spikes that followed the fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond earlier this month. The call comes as investigations focus on the type of crude oil used at the site.
Members of several investigative agencies provided an update on the Chevron Refinery fire for residents of the West County community on Monday.
Smog-producing hydrocarbons are still leaking at unlawful levels at the Chevron oil refinery in the wake of the Aug. 6 fire, but pollution control officials said they expect to stop it by Tuesday.
Chevron opened a second help center in Richmond on Wednesday so residents could file medical claims resulting from the August 6th refinery fire.
Contra Costa officials conceded on Tuesday that the phone ring-down system for their community warning system may never work perfectly in large emergency events.