Two Flaring Incidents at Chevron Refinery

Monday, April 30, 2018 @ 05:04 PM gHale

A flaring incident at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, CA, spurred an alert last Monday. It was the second such incident in eight days.

As in the April 15 incident, there were no injuries and no requests for residents to shelter in place or evacuate.

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At 1:21 p.m. April 23, the Richmond Fire Department sent a tweet saying the flaring was only on-site and had no other consequences for residents.

The fire department followed that tweet up at 2:30 p.m., saying flaring had subsided around 1:50 p.m.

Chevron officials did not say whether an equipment failure, which caused the April 15 flaring at its Castro Street site, was at fault in Monday’s incident.

“The flaring is a highly-regulated safety devices,” said Chevron public affairs spokeswoman Leah Casey, who added the latest level-one incident began about 1:15 p.m. “Refineries use it to relieve pressure,” she said.



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