Flaring at Richmond Chevron refinery sends black smoke into Bay Area sky


Photo by Katie Dowd

Smoke rose from a flaring incident at the Richmond Chevron refinery on August 10, 2021.

Smoke rose from a flaring incident at the Richmond Chevron refinery on August 10, 2021.

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Significant flaring at Richmond Chevron’s refinery will send a plume of black smoke into the sky Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly before 3 pm, visible flames and heavy smoke could be seen from two separate piles.

A report submitted to the state The Emergency Services Office says the flaring is due to “an unexpected upset that occurred when releasing an unknown amount of SO2 [sulfur dioxide] in the atmosphere. This causes smoke from the flares. Release has not been stopped and no no waterways have been affected. “

The report says no evacuations have been issued and no injuries or deaths.

No safety alerts have been issued, although nearby residents are sensitive to smog and air pollutants when they may consider staying inside, closing windows or otherwise limiting their exposure until the smoke clears.

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