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Report: Chevron's Flawed Safety Culture Contributed to Fire

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    RICHMOND, Calif. — Federal investigators say a 2012 fire at a Chevron refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area was the result of shortcomings in the company's safety culture and gaps in regulatory guidelines.

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says in a final draft report released Thursday the fire that stemmed from a corroded pipe at Chevron's Richmond refinery was magnified by the inadequate response by company emergency crews.

    The San Jose Mercury News reports investigators listed in a 132-page report a series of missteps by the refinery that led to the fire.

    They include the failure in the 10 years before the August 2012 fire to follow recommendations to inspect and upgrade vulnerable piping systems that eventually ruptured.

    Large Flares Seen Over Richmond Chevron Refinery

    [BAY] Large Flares Seen Over Richmond Chevron Refinery
    Contra Costa fire officials and Chevron said the large dramatic flames seen over the Richmond Chevron refinery Thursday were a result of "normal flaring." But that didn't do much to comfort people living near the troubled refinery, who called the flares anything but "normal" on social media. Jean Elle reports.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014)

    The fire prompted more than 15,000 people to seek treatment for respiratory problems.

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