Richmond council OKs Chevron refinery plan

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 07/17/2008 - 10:00pm
(07-17) 09:09 PDT RICHMOND -- A sharply divided Richmond City Council approved on Thursday Chevron's controversial plan for a major upgrade of its century-old refinery and accepted $61 million from the oil company for community programs.

The council voted 5-4 to approve a conditional use permit for Chevron to replace a hydrogen plant, install new hydrogen-purifying equipment, build a new cogeneration power plant and replace other antiquated machinery.


Opponents of Chevron Upgrade Promise Lawsuit

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 07/16/2008 - 10:00pm
RICHMOND, Calif. (KCBS/AP)  -- Environmentalists have vowed to fight the Richmond city council’s decision to allow Chevron to upgrade equipment at its refinery.

After an emotional city council meeting that lasted until 2 a.m., the council on Thursday voted 5 – 4 in favor of an upgrade that Chevron officials said would allow them to generate less pollution and refine a wider range of oil.

Jessica Tovar of Communities for a Better Environment asserted that the environmental impact report submitted to the city was incomplete.

Richmond City Council approves Chevron's plan to upgrade refinery by 5-4 vote

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 07/16/2008 - 10:00pm

A divided Richmond City Council early Thursday morning approved Chevron's contentious plan to replace decades-old equipment at the local refinery, as well as a separate agreement for the oil company to provide $61.6 million for public safety, low-income healthcare and other services.

Environmental activists, who say Chevron's plans pose a public health risk that has not been fully studied, immediately shouted 'Shame on you!' from the audience and vowed to vote councilmembers out of office.

More Richmond Council Hearings On Chevron Upgrade

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 07/16/2008 - 9:52pm
 RICHMOND (CBS 5 / AP) ― Richmond officials continued holding hearings Wednesday night into a request by Chevron to upgrade a refinery it operates in the city.

Hundreds of people on both sides of the issue jammed into Richmond City Council meetings on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Chevron wants to upgrade its facility by building a new power plant, hydrogen plant and reformer.

Representatives of the oil giant said the improvements would allow the refining of a wider range of oil.

But environmental groups argued the project would allow the company to refine heavier crude oil that would increase pollutants in the area.

Bio-Rad fills up business park

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 10:00pm

RICHMOND — A big new lease by Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. has completely filled up an industrial park here and spurred the developers of the complex to launch a major expansion of the project.

Bio-Rad has rented 116,000 square feet of industrial warehouse and distribution space in Pinole Point Business Park in Richmond. The life sciences equipment company is moving to the business park in northern Richmond from a site at the south end of the same city.


Richmond council to resume Chevron deliberations tonight

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 10:00pm
By Katherine Tam

Deliberation on Chevron's contentious bid to upgrade decades-old equipment at its Richmond refinery continues tonight.

The Richmond City Council recessed its decision-making hearing at about 12:05 a.m. today and will resume at 7 p.m. at Kennedy High School's multipurpose room.


Lively meeting expected on Chevron expansion

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 10:00pm

by Carolyn Jones

More than 1,000 people jammed a Richmond City Council meeting Tuesday night to make impassioned pleas for and against Chevron's plan to expand its waterfront refinery.

The City Council is expected to meet again tonight to vote on the issue, which has galvanized environmentalists, community groups and labor unions.

"We're driving to the hospital while Chevron goes to the bank," said Rev. Kenneth Davis, a Richmond resident. "My health is not for sale."



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