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April 12, 2013 | 12:48 pm

Chevron Admits to Inspection Failure in Richmond Refinery Fire

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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 […]

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Fire Burns in Delta North of Antioch: Smoky, but Not Dangerous

March 17, 2013 | 6:28 pm

Fire Burns in Delta North of Antioch: Smoky, but Not Dangerous

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That large smoke plume visible in much of the East Bay this afternoon? It’s got nothing to do with any of the refineries in the region. The smoke is coming from a vegetation fire on Sherman Island, north of Antioch in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The accompanying picture is from KQED Science reporter Lauren Sommer, […]

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Tree Deaths Spike as Sudden Oak Death Spreads Across California

October 12, 2012 | 9:32 am

Tree Deaths Spike as Sudden Oak Death Spreads Across California

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The U.S. Forest Service says hundreds of thousands of oak trees have died over the last year due to the plant disease known as Sudden Oak Death. Scientists still don’t have a reliable way to control the epidemic. The spike in tree deaths, more than 300,000 in California this past year, is due to the […]

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$200 Million? $2.55 Billion? PG&E Disputes What It Can Pay Victims

August 30, 2012 | 4:59 pm

$200 Million? $2.55 Billion? PG&E Disputes What It Can Pay Victims

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PG&E can’t afford to pay out $2.55 billion to victims of the San Bruno gas line fire, the utility’s CEO said on Thursday, disputing an analyst’s estimate. At a press conference, CEO Anthony Earley dismissed the figure, which, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, came from a consultant hired by the Public Utilities Commission. The […]

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Burning Man Gets the Wrong Kind of Smoke

August 27, 2012 | 1:29 pm

Burning Man Gets the Wrong Kind of Smoke

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Wildfires are giving a new meaning to the name Burning Man as smoke from the Rush Fire near Ravendale, Calif. clouds the event that launched on Monday. Megan Miller, a spokesperson from the annual festival of alternative culture, had this to report: The smoke from the Rush fire in northern California is blowing over Black […]

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New Photos: Chevron Refinery Fire and Aftermath

August 21, 2012 | 10:13 am

New Photos: Chevron Refinery Fire and Aftermath

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It could have been worse. That’s what the chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is saying about the Aug. 6 Chevron refinery blaze in Richmond, which sent thousands to the hospital complaining of flame-related ailments. As reported by ABC 7, the chairman of the safety board toured the fire site Monday and noted that […]

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August 13, 2012 | 11:07 am

Progress Made on Calif. Wildfire Threatening Town

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CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Crews made progress overnight against a Northern California wildfire that has grown to more than 4 1/2 square miles and forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes. The blaze in Lake County was 25 percent contained early Monday and threatens 480 homes in Spring Valley. The fire destroyed three buildings […]

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August 10, 2012 | 3:50 pm

3,500 Seeking Compensation from Chevron After Fire

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Update 4:17 p.m.: KQED’s Aarti Shahani Tweeted updates this afternoon from the community center where Chevron was offering help to local residents wishing to file claims stemming from Monday’s refinery fire. You can find her Tweets here. Original post: “Near bedlam.” That’s how Doug Sovern of KCBS described the scene this morning at the Nevin […]

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Town Hall Meeting Sparks Calls for Answers, More Information from Chevron

August 8, 2012 | 8:45 am

Town Hall Meeting Sparks Calls for Answers, More Information from Chevron

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Chevron has a complicated relationship with Richmond. The company’s Richmond refinery have been given an assessed value of more than $3 billion, making it a significant contributor to the city’s tax base. The refinery has about 1,200 employees. It’s also been criticized for not paying its fair share in taxes, creating a dangerous environment in the […]

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August 7, 2012 | 5:06 pm

Chevron Offers Compensation to People Affected by Richmond Fire

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Chevron is offering compensation to people who suffered ill health or property damage from the fire that took place Monday night at its Richmond refinery. Spokesman Lloyd Avram issued the following statement: Dear Members of the Community: We apologize for the fire and smoke caused by yesterday’s incident. Nothing is more important than safe operations and […]

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