Chevron refinery explosion news archive

Chevron Refinery fire 8-6-12 CBE [homepage]

Commuters step out of their cars to take pictures of the fire raging within the Chevron oil refinery on Aug. 6, 2012

(August 6, 2013) – “Protests mark anniversary of Chevron fire in Richmond.” KGO-TV

(August 6, 2013) – CBE Senior Scientist, Greg Karras on KPFA’s show, Up Front: refining of dirtier crude oil. Segment starts at 37:40.

(August 6, 2013) – “A year after a refinery explosion, Richmond, Calif., is fighting back.” Grist

(August 5, 2013) – “Chevron to pay $2 million for refinery fire.” San Francisco Chronicle

(August 5, 2013) – “Thousands Protest Chevron Oil Refinery in Richmond, California.” The Nation

(July 31, 2013) – “Activists to Protest Tar Sands Oil Refinery.” East Bay Express

(July 2, 2013) – “Chevron refinery blaze to cost Richmond, school district millions in property tax revenues.” Contra Costa Times

(April 26, 2013) – “RICHMOND: Damaged part of Chevron refinery reopens for production.” KTVU Channel 2

(April 19, 2013) – Greg Karras’s testimony on dirty crude versus inherently safer technology at landmark federal hearing on Chevron’s 2012 Richmond refinery fire.

(April 16, 2013) – “Environmental group offers “toxic tour” of city.” Richmond Confidential

(April 16, 2013) – “Federal investigation blames Chevron for refinery fire.” Daily Democrat

(April 4, 2013) – “RICHMOND: Repairs at refinery complete.” KTVU Channel 2

(March 28, 2013) – “Chevron cuts bonus for CEO, other execs.” San Francisco Chronicle

(March 1, 2013) – “Refinery safety collaborative holds first Richmond forum.” Richmond Confidential

(February 20, 2013) – “Labor and environmental groups join forces on refinery issues.” Richmond Confidential

(February 12, 2013) – “Not In Our Backyard: Fighting Pollution in Richmond, Ca.” National Radio Project

(February 1, 2013) – “Earnings report caps off week of mixed news for Chevron.” Richmond Confidential

(January 30, 2013) –  ”RICHMOND: Chevron plans to put refinery at full production raises trust issues.” Greg Karras speaks to KTVU Channel 2 about Chevron’s long history of ignoring safety at its Richmond refinery. KTVU

(December 20, 2012) The Morning Mix: Senior Scientist, Greg Karras, speaks about the fight to safely rebuild portions of the Richmond Chevron refinery that were damaged in the Aug. 6, 2012 fireKPFA

(Richmond, November 23, 2012) – “Chevron sidesteps call for cleaner tech.” Front page of the San Francisco Chronicle

(Richmond, November 9, 2012) – “Chevron says it will upgrade pipes.” San Francisco Chronicle

(Richmond, November 5, 2012) – “Overextended Cal OSHA challenged to keep track of Chevron refinery issues.”

Greg Karras interview on KTVU regarding aug 6 refinery fire

(Richmond,  November 4, 2012) – “SPECIAL REPORT: KTVU investigates past complaints filed against Chevron refinery.” Senior Scientist, Greg Karras, speaks to KTVU about the Aug 6 Chevron refinery fire. KTVU Channel 2

(Richmond,  October 15, 2012) – “Chevron ignored risk in ’11, workers say.” San Francisco Chronicle.

(Richmond, September 25, 2012) – “Chevron says pipe low on key protectant.“ San Francisco Chronicle

(Richmond, September 24, 2012) – “Community Groups Lean on Richmond Refinery To Change Practices.”  KCBS radio speaks at length with CBE Senior Scientist, Greg Karras, regarding the Chevron Richmond refinery fire investigation. Time index 14:42 begins Greg’s interview

(Richmond, September 12, 2012) – “Board: Chevron failed to check bad pipe.” San Francisco Chronicle

(Richmond, September 11, 2012) – “Air Quailty District hosts informative session on refinery fire.” Richmond Confidential

(Richmond, September 7, 2012) – “Too few state oil refinery-safety checks.” San Francisco Chronicle

(Richmond, August 27, 2012) – “Few concrete answers to the Chevron fire“ San Francisco Chronicle

Greg Karras interviewed by Channel 2 KTVU(Richmond, August 24, 2012) – KTVU, Bay Area: CBE charges Chevron with knowledge of pipe corrosion issues (video).  CBE senior staff researcher Greg Karras interviewed

(Richmond, August 20, 2012) – CBE Richmond Organizer Andrés Soto interviewed by KCBS, San Francisco: In Richmond, Chevron Hustles To Repair Refinery, Scrub Soot (video).

(Richmond, August 19, 2012) – “Refinery smoke blew past air monitors“  San Francisco Chronicle

(Richmond, August 15, 2012) – “Chevron fire ignited by idling rig?“ San Francisco Chronicle. Notes CBE’s role in participating in the investigation in the cause of the fire

(Richmond, August 12, 2012) – “Chevron’s tense relations with Richmond.” San Francisco Chronicle.
(Richmond, August 12, 2012) – “Editorial: Chevron fire should be a wake-up call.” The Sacramento Bee 
(Richmond, August 10, 2012) – Greg Karras is interviewed on KPFA’s show, Up Front, regarding the Richmond Chevron refinery explosion and fire

CBE organizer, Andres Soto, speaks to Amy Goodman about the Richmond refinery fire(Richmond, August 8, 2012) – “Chevron Oil Refinery Fire in Richmond, California Forces Over 900 Residents to Hospitals.” Democracy Now. CBE Organizer, Andres Soto, speaks to Amy Goodman about the Richmond refinery fire.

Richmond air quality safe, analysis says.“ San Francisco Chronicle.  “Why is the government saying the exact opposite of what the hospital and the people are saying?” said Greg Karras, senior scientist.

Refinery warning worked-mostly.” San Francisco Chronicle.  “It’s tantamount to a complete failure… Even for the people who got the calls, it was too late,” Andres Soto.
Peril in refinery’s neighborhood.” San Francisco Chronicle. Chevron again will need to explain to the community why the Richmond refinery is worth the risks that accompany it.

CBE Richmond Organizer, Andres Soto and Senior Scientist, Greg Karras, are featured on KPFA’s morning show Up Front regarding the Chevron refinery explosion and fire.

Chevron Refinery Fire:“ KQED Radio speaks to CBE Senior Scientist, Greg Karras, regarding the public health and safety implications of the 8/6 Chevron Refinery explosion and fire.