Chevron’s plan to get its Richmond refinery back to full operating capacity following a massive fire could be slowed by a dispute over the type of piping it wants to use to make repairs.
The damaged crude oil unit that exploded in flames at Chevron’s Richmond refinery last August is now undergoing repairs, but the work is being done under close scrutiny.
Accidental releases from industrial facilities would require more extensive monitoring of emissions in the surrounding community under new rules adopted by air quality officials in response to the Chevron refinery fire this summer.
A state senator called for a legislative hearing regarding California’s oil refineries after Chevron announced that a unit at its Richmond refinery will remain closed until next year.
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.
The monitors are not designed to test for many of the pollutants that surface following refinery fires like the recent one 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.