Chevron found Negligent

Chevron found Negligent

This story will not be a shock to most of you.  Another oil company has been found negligent.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board and California Division of Occupational Safety and Health filed a report about the fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond, California.  Their investigation proved that an eight inch pipe installed in 1976 was corroded and burst, causing an enormous plume of black smoke, resulting in the sending of 15,000 nearby residents to the hospital with vision and breathing problems, as well as 19 employees.  And Chevron was aware of it.

The corroded pipe should have been replaced when opportunities arose years earlier,” Rafael Moure-Eraso, board chairperson, said in a statement.

Oil companies have posted record profits and are still receiving our tax dollars in subsidies.  As I previously reported, none of their enormous profits are spent modernizing aging refineries or building new ones.

A spokesman for Chevron, based in San Ramon, said they had come to similar conclusions, and are performing complete inspections on all pipes of the same type.

“While we do not agree with some of the characterizations in the (report), we are committed to discussing the findings from our investigation and our corrective actions with the investigating agencies,” Sean Comey, a company spokesman, said in an email.

Cal-OSHA has fined Chevron nearly $1 million after finding willful, serious violations. Chevron is appealing those citations.

The results of the report showed the walls of the pipe had thinned due to corrosion by sulfur.  The type of crude processed in that area was high in sulfur.  If the pipe had been replaced with material containing more silicon, the pipe would not have ruptured.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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