Poor Effective Intervention Resulted to Chevron Fire
According to Federal Investigators, the fire that destroyed part of Chevron’s Richmond refinery was the result of poor effective intervention. Chevron had the technical expertise to identify the risks, however, the weak state regulations simply allowed the company to monitor instead of fix the problem.
“We need a change in how refineries do business in California and nationwide,” Moure-Eraso said, adding that the fire provides a “unique opportunity” to improve the state’s oversight system. “We hope California serves as a model for change for the rest of the country.”
In 2002, the refinery employees warned Chevron that corrosion was a problem in the crude-oil unit. The refinery management failed to replace the pipe despite early recommendations in 2011.
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