press release

Chevron Issues Preliminary Incident Report to Contra Costa County

RICHMOND, Calif., Jan. 18, 2007 -- Chevron Products Co. today issued a preliminary investigation report of the fire that occurred on Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, in the crude unit at the Richmond Refinery.

The company is coordinating with Cal/OSHA and Contra Costa County in the ongoing investigation. Preliminary findings include:

  • The incident began at approximately 5:18 a.m. PST.
  • Chevron notified Contra Costa County Emergency Services of the Level 2 incident at 5:22 a.m. PST. Chevron elevated the incident to a Level 3 at 5:30 a.m. PST, immediately activating the community alert system.
  • To date, analysis conducted of air sampled throughout the community provides no evidence of adverse air-quality impacts associated with the fire.
  • One employee was treated onsite and transported to an outside hospital for minor burns. The employee was treated and released to return to work the same day. Another employee received onsite treatment for a minor skin irritation and did return to work on the same day.

Chevron will continue to cooperate with all regulatory agencies throughout the investigation. Curtis Anderson, general manager of the Richmond Refinery, said, "We want to assure the public that the Richmond Refinery is committed to operating safely and reliably. Our response was immediate. As Monday's incident demonstrated, our employees and contractors here at the refinery are trained and prepared, and they do respond quickly to help protect the health and safety of the local community."

Updated: January 2007