"Chevron Refinery Fire a 'Close Call'"

"RICHMOND -- The chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board toured the scene of the Chevron refinery fire Monday and released photos of the gigantic vapor cloud that loomed over Richmond before it caught fire."

"Calling the accident a 'close call' that could have had an 'extraordinarily bigger impact on the community,' Rafael Moure-Eraso said he hopes the agency's investigation will offer lessons to the troubled industry.

'We have seen the refinery sector is having lot of problems,' he said.

Given the magnitude of the vapor cloud, he said, the Aug. 6 accident at the Richmond refinery merited 'a serious and careful look.'"

Jaxon Van Derbeken reports for the San Francisco Chronicle August 20, 2012.


"Refinery Smoke Blew Past Air Monitors" (San Francisco Chronicle)

Source: San Francisco, 08/21/2012