Chevron: Refinery fire fallout

Almost a thousand people have sought treatment near Chevron’s Richmond refinery in northern California after a fire at the plant sent large plumes of smoke billowing over the area. Residents flocked to area medical centers with minor complaints, such as respiratory problems and eye irritations, after the blaze broke out on Aug. 6 at the 240,000-barrel-a-day refinery. Chevron has established a compensation fund to reimburse the medical expenses. It contained the fire in several hours but has struggled to get the refinery back in full operation. The fire and outage sent California spot gasoline prices spiking in the largest single-day increase since at least November 2007.

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