Phillips 66 has agreed to pay a $230,900 penalty to settle air quality violations at its Rodeo refinery in 2008 and 2009, Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials announced Monday.
Two people working at the Tesoro refinery in Avon were injured on Monday morning less than a month after two workers were injured by sulfuric acid at the same refinery.
Two workers at the Tesoro Refinery in Martinez were airlifted to the hospital early Wednesday morning after an industrial accident.
A company called WesPac Energy wants to start bringing the substance, known as bakken shale, to the Delta town by rail and storing it there before shipping it to the Bay Area’s five refineries via pipeline.
Chevron Corp. on Monday agreed to pay $2 million in fines and restitution and pleaded no contest to six charges in last year’s fire that sent thousands of residents to hospitals.
Chevron says net income rose 41 percent in the fourth quarter as the company produced more oil and gas, improved performance of its refinery business and realized a gain from swapping assets in an Australian natural gas field.
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.
Gov. Jerry Brown authorized the state Air Resources Board to allow refineries to switch to winter-blend gasoline in an emergency effort to increase fuel production and reduce soaring gas prices.
The resolution asks that Chevron make safety at the refinery its top priority, “pay its fair share” in taxes to the city and employ as many Richmond residents as possible.
It could be a year, if not longer, before investigators from multiple agencies issue their findings on the Aug. 6 fire at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond.