Chevron Fire Pushes Up Gas Prices

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

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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. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012)

    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.

    Not the First Fire at Chevron Refinery

    [BAY] 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. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012)

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


    Raw Video: Chevron's Richmond Refinery Burns

    [BAY] 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. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012)


    Fire Erupts at Richmond Refinery

    A fire was reported around 6:30 p.m. Monday 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
    RT @brondmo: Huge fire in Richmond, CA. Looks like it's at the refinery.
    BART stopping at El Cerrito not going to Richmond MT @mikejcorey: Pretty bad refinery fire in Richmond...”Coulter Jones
    RT @b0bm0rgan: Massive explosions and fire at Chevron refinery in my hometown of Richmond. Amato
    Fire at Chevron refinery in Richmond, with smoke reaching Pinole now.
    RT @HossfeldVyrds: You can see flames from here and huge plumes of smoke #Chevron Oil Refinery fire in Richmond , view from #napa
    Two huge flames. Chevron refinery fire in Richmond, CA. Hartley
    RT @LRiddellSF: Chevron refinery on fire. McNiece
    Richmond Refinery fire!
    The refinery is on fire in Richmond. Look how close I am. Pray for us Brown
    RT @JJJ: #sfsmoke Chevron refinery fire in Richmond - Smoke 3000 feet high Morris
    Major fire at Chevron refinery in Richmond, viewable from my deck. Landau