RICHMOND – An unspecified equipment problem at the Chevron refinery on Tuesday caused a cloud of black smoke over West Contra Costa County.
Shortly before 2:40 pm, reports of a plume of smoke over the refinery sparked several posts on social media.
— Gretchen takes her shots (@gbdonart) 10 August 2021
There’s a big fire now at the Chevron Richmond refinery. I’ll update with more details as soon as I get them. I pic.twitter.com/aQTM8dxlfa
— John Gioia (@supejohngioia) 10 August 2021
Air District is closely monitoring the current incident #chevron Refinery in Richmond. Air district inspectors are conducting an on-the-spot investigation and we are working to find out the root cause of the smoke, apart from possible air quality violations. pic.twitter.com/uwMUf3DDrg
— Bay Area Air Quality (@AirDistrict) 10 August 2021
The Contra Costa Hazardous Materials Program is responding to a fiery incident that began at 2:40 p.m. at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond. We are responding to the scene to conduct aerial surveillance in the surrounding community. pic.twitter.com/9mPWfx6Fbs
— Contra Costa Health Services (@CoCoHealth) 10 August 2021
Chevron Richmond officials and a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Health Services Department did not immediately respond to a request for information about the incident. The refinery apparently issued a level-one alert, one of the lowest on the county’s Community Alert System scale, requiring no shelter in place.
As reporting by this news organization, the refinery saw several burning reports within the past year, including this May and last August and November.
Anyone can call the refinery’s general number at 510-242-2000, inquire about specific noises or odors at 510-242-2127, or email [email protected]
Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.