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Chevron official heckled at Richmond meeting; $4 gas on the way

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A top Chevron refinery official was heckled by residents at a Richmond community meeting last night as he attempted to talk about Monday’s fire that spewed black smoke and unknown chemical particulates from the Richmond refinery over the city and nearby communities. Meanwhile, motorists up and down the West Coast have their own reasons to fume, with “analysts” predicting pump price spikes of over $4 a gallon while the refinery is down. No word yet from Chevron about how long that may be.
From the AP:
"I can assure you I have the utmost respect for this community," Nigel Hearne, the general manager of the refinery, said as the heckling intensified.
"I want to get to the root cause of this incident," he said to more catcalls and shouts.
At other times during the meeting, the crowd yelled so loudly that panel members could not speak. Police officers lined the stage at the end of the meeting as the speakers left.

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