Chevron 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.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said that despite some criticism, they are cooperating with state officials on investigating the fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.
Three Bay Area attorneys filed a lawsuit against Chevron on Wednesday, claiming the oil company was “grossly negligent” in its handling of maintenance leading up to the massive Aug. 6 fire.
Investigators probing the cause of a blaze at Chevron’s Richmond refinery are looking at heaters and responding emergency vehicles as possible ignition sources for the massive vapor cloud that spewed from a leaky pipe.
Contra Costa County supervisors on Tuesday demanded that better emergency communication lines with county officials be made in the wake of the Chevron refinery fire in Richmond.
Officials said Tuesday they have internal surveillance video that shows a towering vapor cloud before a fire broke out at a Chevron Corp. refinery in Richmond last week.
More than 9,000 people sought treatment at local hospitals for health problems stemming from the massive fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond last week, according to a county health official.
Chevron Corp. reportedly considered replacing a corroded Richmond refinery pipe nearly a year ago but decided it was good for another five years of service.
Bay Area residents who were planning to file a liability claim against Chevron related to the oil company’s refinery fire Monday may do so in person at an office in Richmond starting Friday, a company spokesman said.
A federal team is standing by waiting for the all clear to investigate the fire at Richmond’s Chevron refinery, but the results may not come for another two years.