Chevron Pays $1M Fine, $20M In Upgrades Over Refinery Fire

Law360, Los Angeles (July 24, 2017, 6:57 PM EDT) -- Chevron Corp. agreed to pay a $1 million fine and to make about $20 million worth of safety improvements at a Richmond, California, refinery, settling a long-running dispute with Golden State safety regulators over penalties levied following a 2012 fire, regulators said Monday.

The oil giant will make a series of relatively expensive changes at its Richmond refinery that outstrip current California safety requirements, including replacing all carbon steel pipes that transport corrosive liquids with chrome alloy ones that wear out more slowly, at an estimated cost of $15 million to the company, according to California’s Division of Occupational Safety and...

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