Chevron fined nearly $1M for Calif. refinery fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Chevron was fined nearly $1 million by the state on Wednesday in connection with a fire at the company’s San Francisco Bay area refinery last year that sent a cloud of gas and black smoke over residential areas.

The California Division of Occupation Safety and Health said investigators found “willful violations” in Chevron Corp.’s response before, during and after the Aug. 6 fire in Richmond caused by an old, leaky pipe in one of the facility’s crude units.

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The attempt to derail California’s clean-air policies

California businesses and the public at large are beginning to reap the substantial rewards of our state’s landmark clean air and energy policies. Unfortunately, this progress is in significant jeopardy thanks to the oil industry and other dirty energy companies that continue to do everything possible to undermine these laws. It is important to remember the long history of these efforts by looking at the facts – and that means treading over some familiar turf.

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ConocoPhillips, Valero Top Ca’s List of Toxic Polluters

Toxic chemical releases by refineries and manufacturing plants in California have increased since 2010, and two Bay Area facilities are among the top ten distributors of the dangerous substances, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials said Wednesday.

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