press release

Chevron Moves Quickly To Ensure Continued Gasoline Supplies For Its Customers; Also Extends Statement Payment for 30 Days

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19, 1994 -- Responding to the potential supply disruptions caused by Monday morning's earthquake, Chevron employees from its Marketing and Pipe Line organizations have been working around the clock for the past two days to survey and, where necessary, repair those gasoline stations and distribution facilities affected by the earthquake.

"Our goal has been to inspect all of our affected facilities and certify each of them for safe operation, thus ensuring the continued flow of products to our customers in the impacted areas," said Wally Fassler, Chevron's Southern California vice president.

"To assist our credit card customers, we are sending out a special notice in the severely affected areas offering them an extra '30-day grace period' in the payment of their statement," said Fassler.

On Monday, immediately following the earthquake, Chevron assembled 10 teams of experts to evaluate the condition of 26 stations located in the most heavily damaged portions of the San Fernando Valley. In addition, another 75 stations in the surrounding areas were identified for inspection.

Over the past 48 hours, the teams have been dispatched to the 101 stations to inspect the physical structure, test the integrity of the fueling systems to make sure they are intact, and determine the availability of power to operate the facilities. All of these stations, except for eight that required additional testing, have been cleared to dispense gasoline.

An expert team also inspected the El Segundo Refinery, which was briefly affected by the earthquake. The refinery quickly resumed normal operations and is providing product to all of its customers.

Chevron Pipe Line Company personnel have conducted a similar series of inspections for all of the company's crude oil pipelines, as well as those lines that provide products to distribution terminals in the Los Angeles Basin.

"We have worked closely with the California State Fire Marshal's Office to make sure our testing program meets their requirements prior to re-starting these lines," said Fassler.

"As of today, the vast majority of our system is operating normally and, with the exception of the 15 to 20 stations where power has not yet been restored, we are able to deliver products to our stations throughout the San Fernando Valley," said Fassler.

Updated: January 1994