Oil Refinery Fights to Make "World's Cleanest Gas"

oil refinery fights to make worlds cleanest gas

According to Contra Costa Times, tonight's public hearing at the Richmond, CA city council chamber is likely to be "packed and emotionally charged." Before Chevron can upgrade its local refinery, the Planning Commission must decide whether an Environmental Impact Report ( EIR) issued in January is complete. The oil company wants to use new equipment to refine a wider range of crude into gasoline. Refinery reps say the upgrades would make the refinery more reliable and efficient, and create about 1.2k (temporary) construction jobs. Critics want an EIR do-over; they fear Chevron would process crude oil that's "more contaminated," increasing pollution for residents and wildlife. Chevron says uh-uh, and points out the refined refinery will make the "cleanest fuel in the world." Even if Richmond approves the deal, Chevron must then secure permits from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the California Energy Commission. Year three of Chevron's effort continues.

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  • Adonis Adonis on Mar 20, 2008

    @Cicero Yeah, that would be the worst. Oil companies should keep all of their billions in profits every year. Back on topic, I think this is the sort of situation where the public good could supersede the complaints of some locals.

  • Morbo Morbo on Mar 21, 2008

    And yet they complain about the cost of gas in California (said smugly from America's refinery capital, NJ, where gas is still (barely) under $3.00/gallon)

  • Juniper Juniper on Mar 21, 2008

    Now we know why large corporations have so many friggen lawyers.

  • on Mar 21, 2008

    The governments make it almost impossible to build new refineries, make more profit on a gallon of gas than the auto companies and don't allow the companies to drill and produce the large amounts of oil available in the USA.Then chastise the companies for making to large a profit after the government caused the shortage and high prices.