Richmond Refinery Fire
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.
Throughout California, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline jumped 8 cents overnight to $4.32 and was up 18 cents during the past week, according to the AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge.
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.
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.
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.
Federal investigators continue to look into what caused last month’s fire at the 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.
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.