07 Aug '12, 1pm

Oil refinery on San Francisco Bay erupts into flames

Oil refinery on San Francisco Bay erupts into flames

At 6:15 Pacific time last evening, crude distillation unit Number 4 at Chevron’s Richmond, California, petroleum refinery exploded. From the Times : “I walked outside and saw what looked like a lot of steam coming out of Chevron, way more than usual. I thought they must have blown a boiler,” said Ryan Lackay, a 45-year-old employee at a chemical plant next door to the refinery. “And then all of a sudden it just went whoosh, it ignited.” According to a nearby reporter , other explosions followed. The resulting fire created a massive cloud of black smoke that hung over Richmond and drifted south over the San Francisco Bay. Multiple BART stations were closed; the National Weather Service issued a “shelter in place” advisory to residents of the East Bay area. Residents in Richmond. North Richmond and San Pablo. Are advised to shelter in place. Go inside. Close All windows and ...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/oil-refinery-on-san-francisco-bay-e...

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