Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Chevron Ignored Warnings Led to Refinery Fire

Gets slap on wrist, paid by the consumers using the products of!!

Chevron agrees to pay $2M for Calif. refinery fire
6 July 2013 - Chevron pleads no contest, set to pay $2 million in fines for charges filed in the aftermath of the Aug. 6, 2012 refinery fire that sent thousands to the hospital.

Chevron Corp. on Monday agreed to pay $2 million in fines and restitution and pleaded no contest to six charges in a fire last summer at its refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond that sent thousands of residents to hospitals, many complaining of respiratory problems. The San Ramon-based oil giant entered the plea to charges filed by the California Attorney General's Office and the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office, including failing to correct deficiencies in equipment and failing to require the use of certain equipment to protect employees from potential harm.

Both Chevron and government investigations determined that corrosion in a pipe caused a leak that sparked the Aug. 6, 2012, fire, sending a plume of black smoke over nearby residential areas. The investigations found Chevron failed to replace the 1970s-era pipe despite numerous warnings from its own inspectors. read more>>>

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