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Update: Tuesday Statement from Chevron on Richmond Refinery Fire

Three employees were treated for minor injuries at the refinery.

Update from Chevron at 7:15 a.m., Tuesday

The main fire has now been extinguished. Safety officials are allowing a small controlled burn as a safety measure to reduce pressure.  This is helping to ensure more hydrocarbons don't escape.  This is similar in concept to how refineries utilize flares.

The shelter in place was ended by Contra Costa County Health Services at 11:31 p.m. last night.  The Refinery also ended our shelter in place by 11:49 p.m. last evening.

All employees and contractors are safely accounted for.  Three employees sustained minor injuries and were treated on site.

Bay City News 10 p.m.: 

As a large fire continues to burn at Chevron's Richmond refinery tonight, Chevron is apologizing for the blaze, which has prompted a shelter-in-place warning for thousands of Contra Costa County residents.

Refinery general manager Nigel Hearne said at a news conference tonight that the fire began at 6:30 p.m., and that one employee suffered a minor burn to his wrist and was treated on site. He offered an apology to residents and said the priority is extinguishing the blaze.

"As you can see, we've made significant progress, and we're still in the process of controlling the fire," Hearne said.

He said Chevron is working with government agencies and regulators on site to determine the cause of the blaze.

Richmond Fire Chief Michael Banks said there were reports of explosions around the time the fire started.

Chevron issued the following statement shortly before 8 p.m. Monday about the refinery fire in Richmond. Patch will update this post as Chevron continues to release information about the fire. 

A fire started at our 4 Crude Unit at 6:15 pm today. At this time we do not have details about the cause of the incident. All employees have been safely accounted for and there are no injuries.

We have comprehensive plans and procedures in place to respond to situations like the one we are facing. We are working with all appropriate local authorities.

We will take all measures necessary to provide for the safety and security of our facilities and the surrounding community.

We are responding to this incident as quickly as we can and are deploying highly trained personnel to assess and manage the situation.

We will not speculate on the cause of this incident. Our priority right now is containing the fire and protecting the health and safety of our employees and community.

We will provide updates as more information can be confirmed.

Jack August 07, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Find something else we agree on.
Paula Webstun August 12, 2012 at 01:48 AM
See the lies Chevron and local officials told. Post and send this to everyone to support our neighborhoods. Form your own class action lawsuit and file it on Chevron. Read the facts here: http://richmondrefinerycancer.wordpress.com
Paula Webstun August 13, 2012 at 07:01 PM
RICO RACKETEERING & CIVIL CRIMINAL CHARGES TO BE FILED AGAINST CHEVRON FOR WILLFUL COMMUNITY POISONING AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITY DESTRUCTION IN BAY AREA. Richmond, CA, Aug. 13- Thanks to whistle-blowers, the DC lobby investigations and new investigative research, the money trail can now be documented to the point that RICO racketeering charges can be filed against Chevron and certain public officials. Multiple groups have begun the preparation and filing process for these charges with proceeds to be distributed to each member of the community, that does not opt-out, within the target area. Chevron has now been shown to have had 20 years of proven knowledge of their injection of Cancer-causing materials into the Bay Area at such a high-level of toxicity that their actions are clearly criminal in nature. The lawyers for ANY group, including any neighborhood group, can file RICO charges. Any Bay Area resident afflicted with cancer or lung disease can also personally file RICO charges. Residents intend to secure compensation from Chevron and remove the refinery because Chevron cost them their future by knowingly and maliciously poisoning them, their family and their neighborhood for profit! Residents are encouraged to Google “Rico Act Law Firms” to find law firms that will take their case without charging them a penny.

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