Demonstrations planned to mark anniversary of Chevron fire

It’s been almost a year since the fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery. Chevron has agreed to pay the Bay Area Air Quality Management District $190,000 to settle air quality violations prior to the August 6, 2012 fire that sent about 15,000 area residents to local hospitals. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has a treasure trove of documents related to the fire and investigation.

As the anniversary of the fire nears, labor and environmental activists with 350.org are launching the “Summer Heat” campaign to protest not just Chevron but the fossil fuel industry as a whole. Organizations including 350.org,  the Richmond Progressive Alliance, Communities for a Better Environment, Gathering Tribes, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Urban Tilth, labor unions, and others are planning a “family-friendly march and spirited rally” at the refinery’s main gate August 3.

The Richmond community has been pushing for improved plant safety and better air quality monitoring for quite some time. The city’s Mayor, Gayle McLaughlin, will address the demonstration.

 

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