EMERYVILLE, Calif./HOUSTON, April 15 (Reuters) – – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Monday recommended that Chevron Corp check for ongoing damage to pipes and equipment at its U.S. refineries to prevent another explosion like the Aug. 6 pipeline blast at the company’s San Francisco Bay area refinery.
The Safety Board, in an interim report issued Monday, said Chevron did not act upon six recommendations over 10 years to increase inspection and replace the line at its Richmond, California, refinery with upgraded pipe.
Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin joined peaceful demonstrators during a rally in front of Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. About 300 people from the nationwide movement called “Money Out, Voters In” demanded lawmakers pass measures that limit the corrosive influence of money in politics and expand democratic participation at the polls. Chevron donated substantial amounts of money to both local and national campaigns.
The six senators representing the West Coast states of California, Oregon and Washington are sending a letter to U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. today, calling for an investigation into possible manipulation of the gasoline market by refineries that serve the region.
In the letter the senators say an investigation is needed to determine whether false or misleading information was used to create a perception of a fuel supply shortage. That might have helped boost fuel prices, the senators say.