If you live downwind of Chevron’s Richmond refinery, you don’t need to be reminded of what happened there last Aug. 6: A huge fire started in a crude-oil processing unit at the facility, sending an immense plume of thick black smoke over adjacent neighborhoods and much of western Contra Costa County. In what seems like […]
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Several Pacific Gas & Electric transformers in San Jose were damaged after being hit by gunfire early Tuesday, and state officials urged the utility’s customers in the San Jose area to conserve electricity in response. Authorities received multiple phone calls reporting gun shots near the utility’s substation at 1:46 a.m. […]
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) – Chevron Corp. says it failed to properly document tests of a corroded pipe near the one that failed and caused a fire at a Northern California refinery, and the oversight led to a failure to inspect all corrosion-prone pipes in the same area. The company on Friday released its investigative report […]
More than a million visitors visit Alcatraz every year, but a recent discovery has revealed another attraction that lives within the shadows of this historic prison. A recent search for rats on the island turned up millipedes glowing intensely white instead. UC Davis entomologists are hard at work determining whether the millipedes are a known […]
by Don Thompson, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California electricity consumers could see $1.6 billion in refunds from energy wholesalers that profited from the state’s energy crisis more than a dozen years ago, if an administrative law judge’s recommendation holds up under review, regulators said Tuesday. The California Public Utilities Commission praised the judge’s […]
The glitch in California’s cap-and-trade program that you probably never heard about.
Last week on KQED’s Forum program, Al Gore spoke with host Michael Krasny about his new book and a bunch of other topics. One subject that perked our interest because we’ve been covering it: fracking. As KQED Science’s Lauren Sommer explains … Fracking is an oil-extraction technique in which millions of gallons of water, mixed […]
Battles have been brewing in various states over the controversial oil and gas technique known as hydraulic fracturing, but regulators in California are just starting to grapple with it. Those regulators got a grilling in Sacramento on Tuesday as state lawmakers questioned whether newly proposed rules were strong enough to safely regulate the technique, which […]
The Senate Joint Natural Resources and Environmental Quality Committee is discussing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a method of extracting oil and gas by smashing underground rocks. California regulators drafted rules to govern the environmentally controversial process on Dec. 17.
A.M. Splash: Chevron Pays $10 Million for Aug. 6 Fire; Consumer Group Files to Block PG&E Rate Hike; SJ Plans Wildlife Protection
Chevron pays $10 million, announces inspection and training reforms after Aug. 6 fire (Contra Costa Times) Chevron Corp. has paid about $10 million and begun “corrective actions” in the aftermath of last summer’s refinery fire, sparked when a corroded pipe leaked high-temperature gas oil, according to a report the energy giant filed with the Contra […]