Friday, October 15, 2021

Chevron Richmond refinery smoke is visible in the East Bay

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.

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.

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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.

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