Richmond Chevron Takes “Corrective Action” to Increase Refinery Safety


Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Senator Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) issued a joint statement this week regarding the citations announced by Cal/OSHA against the Chevron refinery in Richmond related to the fire that erupted at the facility last year.
Cal/OSHA outlined 25 workplace violations, ranging from “willful serious” to “serious,” in a press release, resulting in $963,200 in penalties, the highest in Cal/OSHA’s history.
Additional local, state and federal agencies are also conducting investigations related to the Chevron refinery fire last year.
“OSHA’s investigation provides us with a detailed review of violations, safety protocols and enforcement efforts to implement changes that will have a material effect going forward. As one of the largest private employers in our districts, Chevron must do everything in its power to correct these cited violations that place workers, residents and our environment at risk,” said the two state legislators.
According to Chevron, its investigation into the Aug. 6 incident remains ongoing, but the refinery has begun to develop and implement corrective actions based on what it has learned to date from the investigation.
“We have met with government agencies … to discuss the changes we are taking in response to the incident.  Additional actions may be identified upon completion of the investigation, which we will release prior to the restart of the No. 4 Crude Unit,” Chevron said in a release.
“Safety is a core value at Chevron, and this incident does not reflect our general practice or our aspirations regarding safety.  We have learned from it and are making the right changes.”