It’s an unexpected consequence of the drop in oil prices. Trains carrying explosive fracked crude oil from North Dakota are no longer rolling through our neighborhoods. Crude by rail has become too expensive.
A person was killed Friday morning in a fire at an abandoned chemical refinery site in East Palo Alto, firefighters said.
HazMat crews were in route to the Richmond Chevron refinery as a precaution Monday after reports of flaring at the facility.
Bay Area drivers can anticipate a spike in gas prices after an explosion and fire at a major refinery in Southern California.
Torrance Fire Department crews Wednesday were responding to a report of an explosion at the ExxonMobil Refinery in Torrance.
Approximately two barrels of oil leaked into the Bay near the Martinez Shell refinery on Tuesday. According to the company, the leak was the result of tests being conducted on the line.
The United Steelworkers Union called for its refinery workers to stage their largest walkout in more 30 years Sunday, saying its negotiations with Shell Oil Co. broke down less than two weeks after they began.
Federal investigators say a 2012 fire at a Chevron refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area was the result of shortcomings in the company’s safety culture and gaps in regulatory guidelines.
Chevron will meet with Contra Costa Health Services and Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials on a weekly basis to provide status updates on the investigation.
Supervisor John Goia said the series of flares were an emergency reaction to something that went wrong at the plant.