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U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso speaks during a news conference at the Emeryville Hilton Garden Inn Monday about the board's second of three reports on the August 2012 Chevron Richmond refinery fire, which endangered 19 workers and sent 15,000 people to area hospitals. Aerial photos of the fire's smoke plume sit nearby. (Photo by: Kevin N. Hume)

Chemical Safety Board recommends industry-wide changes in Chevron fire report

U.S. Chemical Safety Board representatives and investigators on Monday recommended sweeping changes to the California petroleum industry following the August 2012 fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.
Many Bay Area refineries, including Chevron, are in the midst of major upgrades. Click on the cities to hear different perspectives on the various oil projects happening in the Bay Area. (Map and videos by Sally Schilling)

Refinery towns draw lessons from Chevron project

Richmond isn't the only town in the Bay Area that's in the midst of approving a major oil project. Other nearby refineries are also upgrading. And surrounding communities are looking to Richmond for lessons on...

Greenhouse gas mitigation discussion stalled

The city council was hoping to hear public input on possible greenhouse gas mitigation measures relating to Chevron's "Revised Renewal Project," but Tuesday's meeting ended before the council reached the comment period.
Ron Espinoza speaks to crowd at Chevron community meeting

Refinery safety collaborative holds first Richmond forum

The microphone sputtered in and out as community members lined up for a turn to speak at the new Collaborative on Refinery Safety and Community Health’s public forum Wednesday evening. The meeting at St. Mark’s...
view of Chevron refinery in Richmond

Labor and environmental groups join forces on refinery issues

The fire at Richmond’s Chevron oil refinery on August 6, 2012 wasn’t the only reason the United Steelworkers union and several environmental organizations—disparate groups that rarely work in tandem—decided to join forces in an industry-wide...
Henry Clark Occupy Chevron rally

Henry Clark and three decades of environmental justice

Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin first saw Henry Clark, as so many have, at the gates of Richmond’s Chevron oil refinery. It was a blustery day in June 2003 and Clark was calling for environmental accountability...
Chemical Safety Board investigators inspect the damages caused by the August 6 fire at the Chevron refinery located in Richmond. (Photo courtesy: U.S. Chemical Safety Board)

Chevron failed to check pipes despite internal policies

Chevron failed to check pipes despite internal policies. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has found that sections of pipe that were measured following the August 6 fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery had thinned in thickness...
Hundreds gathered at Chevron's town hall Tuesday night in the wake of a large refinery fire in Richmond. At times protestors, like this one, ran up to the front blocking the panel.

At town hall meeting, questions and anger over Chevron refinery fire

Throngs of Richmond residents, upset and ready to be heard, gathered at a town hall meeting held by Chevron on Tuesday night, following the refinery fire that cloaked Richmond in a dark cloud of particulates...