Highly visible flaring at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond has attracted widespread attention and some concern as Bay Area residents question the rationale behind the move – on a wind-less, hot, Spare the Air Day Friday.
Chevron issued a brief statement about the flaring:
“The Chevron Richmond Refinery is currently experiencing flaring activity due to an upset at a process unit. Due to the visibility of smoke, a Community Warning System (CWS) Level 1 was issued to keep residents informed. Level 1 is one of the lowest on the CWS scale.
Flaring is an important part of keeping the Refinery running safely. Flares are a safety device used in refineries to relieve pressure during the refining processes and help keep our equipment and plants operating safely. Members of the community can visit www.richmondairmonitoring.org to view real-time air quality data.”
The Contra Costa Hazardous Materials Program dispatched air monitoring teams to the area to assess whether there is any risk to the community.