Chevron Will be Held Accountable for Refinery Fire

August 29, 2012

Agencies investigating the Chevron Corp. refinery fire have told Richmond, Calif., residents that the petroleum giant will be held accountable.

The San Francisco Chronicle says U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigators faced a skeptical and sometimes angry crowd of about 50 people during Monday’s meeting in City Council chambers.

More than 14,000 people sought treatment after the Aug. 6 refinery blaze sent a massive plume of black smoke over neighborhoods.

Most complained of troubled breathing and eye irritation, and on Monday, some residents said they are suffering from lingering health problems.

Safety Board lead investigator Dan Tillema told the Richmond residents that the lessons learned from the Richmond fire will be used to prevent future accidents.

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