Chevron Fire Pushes Up Gas Prices

The fire at Chevron's refinery causes gas prices to rise.

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012  |  Updated 8:02 AM PDT
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Chevron spokesperson apologizes to the community of Richmond for Monday's refinery fire. A small, controlled burn will continue to relieve pressure.

Chevron spokesperson apologizes to the community of Richmond for Monday's refinery fire. A small, controlled burn will continue to relieve pressure.

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Not the First Fire at Chevron Refinery

This is not the first time there has been an issue with this plant. In 2006, there was an explosion at this plant that sent hundreds of people to the hospital. There also incidents in 1999 and 2007.

Raw Video: Chevron's Richmond Refinery Burns

A massive fire spotted as far as six miles from the site began raging Monday evening at at one of the processing units at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.
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Gas prices in California rose Tuesday, following a fire at Chevron's massive oil refinery in Richmond the evening before.

 The refinery, which processes 240,000 barrels of oil a day, shut down its crude unit following the fire, according to Bloomberg News. 
 
As of midday Tuesday, the price of a gallon of gas gained 23 cents on futures markets, according to Bloomberg. "These increases will be passed along to retail pumps at California and gas stations as far north as Seattle," expert Bob van de Valk told the news agency.
 
A vapor leak of hydrocarbons began in the crude unit at about 4:15 p.m. Monday, which then increased and ignited at 6:30 p.m. burning for about five hours.
 
Richmond residents were told to shelter in place and some residents checked into emergency rooms complaining of breathing issues, but no injuries were reported.

People from around the Bay Area took photos of what they could see. Here is a collection of some of their images.

 

 

Fire Erupts at Richmond Refinery

A fire was reported around 6:30 p.m. Monday night.at one of the processing units at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.

Storified by NBC Bay Area · Mon, Aug 06 2012 19:21:00

#chevron #richmond refinery fire 7:10 pm from Arlington B El Cerrito #TwitPict http://twitpic.com/agdko6su02420
RT @brondmo: Huge fire in Richmond, CA. Looks like it's at the refinery. http://pic.twitter.com/T6awg2K7linda_her
BART stopping at El Cerrito not going to Richmond MT @mikejcorey: Pretty bad refinery fire in Richmond... http://pic.twitter.com/6WvKuDE1”Coulter Jones
RT @b0bm0rgan: Massive explosions and fire at Chevron refinery in my hometown of Richmond. http://pic.twitter.com/U71j5nqeDavid Amato
Fire at Chevron refinery in Richmond, with smoke reaching Pinole now. http://pic.twitter.com/38ZUEf0kEther
RT @HossfeldVyrds: You can see flames from here and huge plumes of smoke #Chevron Oil Refinery fire in Richmond , view from #napa http://yfrog.com/hs920frjroberrt
Two huge flames. Chevron refinery fire in Richmond, CA. http://pic.twitter.com/M8cBeIzIHillary Hartley
RT @LRiddellSF: Chevron refinery on fire. http://pic.twitter.com/ekq8CH1ZCaleb McNiece
Richmond Refinery fire! http://pic.twitter.com/CPOKxe5FSam
The refinery is on fire in Richmond. Look how close I am. Pray for us http://pic.twitter.com/CTNMSp2gMilton Brown
RT @JJJ: #sfsmoke Chevron refinery fire in Richmond - Smoke 3000 feet high http://pic.twitter.com/biRCFk2INicholas Morris
Major fire at Chevron refinery in Richmond, viewable from my deck. http://pic.twitter.com/ovUBU8aWTed Landau

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