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Safety Lapses Caused Chevron Refinery Fire, Report Finds

Law360, New York (April 16, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT) -- Chevron Corp. failed to adequately address safety hazards at its oil refinery in Richmond, Calif., including ignoring its own recommendations, which led to an August fire that injured five workers and sent thousands of nearby residents to the hospital, federal investigators said Monday.

Over a 10-year period, Chevron failed to effectively apply safer design principles and upgrade piping in a crude oil processing unit at the refinery, a unit that was extremely corroded and ultimately ruptured, causing the fire, according to a draft report by the...
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