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Questions deepen about Chevron’s handling of vapor leak before refinery fire

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The post-mortem of Chevron’s Richmond refinery fire has begun and includes:
  • Deepening questions over whether the oil company may have placed profits above caution by trying to make repairs while keeping its #4 Crude unit operating instead of shutting it down when the vapor leak that caused the fire was detected.
  • Contra Costa health services’ expensive and repeatedly-troubled computerized public warning system flopped badly, with some residents of the affected area getting notifications almost two hours after the fire began.
  • Nearly 1,700 people complaining of symptoms from the toxic contaminants released by the blaze have visited area hospitals, and more than 1,000 so far have filed claims against Chevron.
Mercury News; Chronicle; CoCo Times editorial

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