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August 9, 2012

Oil refinery fire: Plant had long history of environmental violations

  • 93 air regulation violations by Chevron refinery since 2007 source

» One of California’s top 10 emitters of toxic chemicals: The Richmond, Calif. Chevron plant where the massive fire took place is a bit of an environmental problem child even when it isn’t having massive fires that force people to stay inside their homes. The plant, which suffered that fire on Monday evening, is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the state, and the fire will singlehandedly make gas prices rise on the West Coast.

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7:49 // 1 year ago
August 7, 2012

Large oil refinery fire contained, effects could be felt for days to come

  • cause Last night, an oil refinery blaze at a Chevron plant in Richmond, Calif. caused a large plume of black smoke that could be seen from miles away. Or in other words, it was kind of scary.
  • effects The refinery fire blazed through Monday evening, causing local residents to be stuck in their homes for hours, though with little wind, the fumes didn’t dissipate — which is good for air quality.
  • results Despite being largely contained, the fire caused a stop in production at the plant, which may cause higher gas prices in the days to come. The plant handles 240,000 barrels per day. source

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7:39 // 1 year ago
August 6, 2012
"Go inside. Close all windows and doors," a phone message to residents near the Chevron plant in Richmond, Calif. said. The oil refinery fire has as of the moment not caused any injuries (all workers have been accounted for), but people are being asked to stay inside and turn off air conditioning and fans, and to cover cracks around doors to prevent any hazardous material from getting inside their homes. Pretty scary. (more here; photo by CatsMan2 on Flickr)

"Go inside. Close all windows and doors," a phone message to residents near the Chevron plant in Richmond, Calif. said. The oil refinery fire has as of the moment not caused any injuries (all workers have been accounted for), but people are being asked to stay inside and turn off air conditioning and fans, and to cover cracks around doors to prevent any hazardous material from getting inside their homes. Pretty scary. (more here; photo by CatsMan2 on Flickr)

23:03 // 1 year ago

climateadaptation:

Breaking: Huge fire at Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California. Residents told to close windows and stay indoors. This same refinery caught fire about 10 years ago.

NBC; Mercury News; KCRA; SFGate

Keeping an eye on this. @ProducerMatthew has been tweeting about this heavily in the past half-hor.

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22:40 // 1 year ago
July 30, 2012

Well, that has to suck: Sure, it’s fun when it’s moving quickly, but what happens when a 150-foot-tall roller coaster gets stuck? Twelve unlucky riders at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif. found out the hard way, when a Superman-themed ride just, uh, stopped on Sunday. Fortunately, it was more an annoyance than a dangerous situation, with the riders getting stuck for an hour and a half, but eventually getting down.

9:15 // 1 year ago
July 26, 2012
I watched as my son took his last breath. I watched as his heart stopped beating for the last time. Please, please, please stop the violence. It’s not going to bring my son back, and this is the worst thing any mother could go through.
Genevieve Huizar, the mother of Anaheim shooting victim Manuel Diaz • Offering a pained plea for people in the city to stop the violence. Diaz’s shooting by police on Saturday has led to violent protests in the city, leading to shattered windows and numerous arrests. The violence is partly due to a changing demographic — Anaheim, once a mostly white city, is now more than 50 percent Hispanic, and the shooting has become a bit of a spark for those feeing disenfranchised. Diaz’s family has sued the city over the shooting, seeking $50 million in damages.
11:00 // 1 year ago
July 25, 2012
L.A. City Council places ban on medical marijuana dispensaries
In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the L.A. City Council voted to end the era of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Letters demanding an immediate end to all operations will be sent to all 762 registered dispensaries in Los Angeles; however, some older dispensaries may be allowed to re-open at a later date thanks to a “grandfather clause” proposal which also passed a vote. Many activists have pledged to fight the new measure — both in court and with ballot initiatives if necessary — including the California branch of Americans for Safe Access. So, do you think this was the right move? (Photo via Dank Depot) source
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In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the L.A. City Council voted to end the era of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Letters demanding an immediate end to all operations will be sent to all 762 registered dispensaries in Los Angeles; however, some older dispensaries may be allowed to re-open at a later date thanks to a “grandfather clause” proposal which also passed a vote. Many activists have pledged to fight the new measure — both in court and with ballot initiatives if necessary — including the California branch of Americans for Safe Access. So, do you think this was the right move? (Photo via Dank Depot) source

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16:38 // 1 year ago
July 11, 2012

It’s a trend: San Bernardino the third California city to seek bankruptcy

  • $46 million budget shortfall puts city in a tough spot source

» And they have company, too: San Bernardino, population 202,000, is not a small city. Nor is Stockton, population 291,000, which announced its intention to declare bankruptcy last month. Both fell on hard times after a boom-and-bust period. The much-smaller Mammoth Lakes also filed for bankruptcy protection recently, but unlike the recession-related reasons for the other two cities, their reason was lawsuit-related. (That city owes $43 million in a breach-of-contract lawsuit to a developer, which is far more than their yearly operating budget.) Anyone want to take bets on which California city falls prey to bankruptcy protection next, if any? (Edit: Spelling)

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12:10 // 2 years ago
July 7, 2012

California’s high-speed starter line: State votes to fund massive rail project

  • $4.6 billion the amount California’s state senate approved to go to a high-speed rail program in the state, a major victory for Gov. Jerry Brown
  • $3.3 billion the amount the government will add to that; if the legislature voted against funding the rail, this money would have gone to other states source

» A contentious vote: Yesterday, it wasn’t entirely clear if the votes existed to push the bill through the California Senate, but it made it through on a 21-16 vote. Why was it so contentious? Two reasons: First, some of the money was going towards some of California’s other passenger rail systems — BART and Caltrain — despite having no clear connection to the high-speed rail system. And second, and more importantly, the rail system was inexplicably starting in the central part of the state, a 130-mile stretch between Bakersfield and Madera, which gave critics fodder to attack the system as a ”train to nowhere.” But it’s close to official — that train to nowhere’s getting built.

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11:07 // 2 years ago
July 3, 2012
The Associated Press is reporting that former Secretary of Commerce John Bryson will not face charges related to two hit-and-run accidents that took place in California last month.

The Associated Press is reporting that former Secretary of Commerce John Bryson will not face charges related to two hit-and-run accidents that took place in California last month.

16:13 // 2 years ago