CSB: Chevron knew of corroded pipe in Calif. refinery before fire

02/13/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

Chevron knew about a corroded pipe at its refinery in Richmond, Calif., for years but failed to address it before a fire broke out at the plant last August, according to the Chemical Safety Board. The damaged pipe was identified as the cause of the fire, which occurred in the plant's crude-distillation unit. The company was also criticized for failing to shut down the unit while workers searched for the fluid leak.

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