Chevron's Largest California Refinery "Immediate-Extreme-Health-Hazard" Fire Emergency

Tyler Durden's picture


Chevron's Richmond refinery, the largest refinery in California, is under a Level 3 Hazardous Material extreme immediate warning with local authorities advising local citizens to "to shelter in place, go inside, close all windows and doors, turn off all heaters, air conditioners and fans. If not using the fireplace, close fireplace dampers and vents, and cover cracks around doors and windows with tape or damped towels." As KTVU2 comments, it appears massive and out of control currently. Live KRON4 stream embedded.


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Xibalba's picture

America...the beautiful....



I'm sure this activity by mankind has no effect whatsoever on the equlibrium of the planet.  





I'm sure it's just a minor glitch.  Raging inferno will be out soon and will be business as usual. Sincerely yours, Chevron family. 

veyron's picture

ZH needs better sources.  antisatan, a former member of ZH who was banned recently, told me about this at 21:52 after seeing it with his eyes.

Money Squid's picture

zh is a financial news site, not really all event all the time type of site. Never read any antisatan posts, must have been pretty douchey to get banned from this site. Hell, zh did not ban johnybravo, trav7777777 or even retardedrobottraitor.

veyron's picture

"zh is a financial news site, not really all event all the time type of site. "


So why is this story here?  It either has a financial slant, in which case my criticism is valid, or it doesn't, in which case your comment is patently false.

Money Squid's picture

ok, ok you got me. zh is all news on the time on time.

Ahmeexnal's picture

isn't this the place where they "refine" the shit they use on the chemtrails?


engineertheeconomy's picture

Did someone say Sulphur Dioxide?

If I lived anywhere nears there, I'd hightail it outa there FAST

Ahmeexnal's picture

duck and cover

it'll be interesting to find out if a big player shorted Chevron today in the last minutes before market closed.

Money Squid's picture

how will you see into the dark pools now that most trading is private?

old naughty's picture

"isn't this the place where they "refine" the shit they use on the chemtrails?"


Who did it in? Should we thank them?

CrazyCooter's picture

JFC, I can't reply to this thread for all the GD trolls.

Chem-trails? STFU.



The Big Ching-aso's picture



Overheard in Compton................

"You say you heards dars a hiderow cracker on fire tonite?  Serves the mofo whitey right!"

Michael's picture

I'm getting real sick and tired of the left wing extremists pushing their man made global warming climate changing meme on us. It's solar max for Christ's sake.

I live in SW Florida and have witnessed the invasive species of the Iguana's freezing to death in the past few years. Prepare for it again when the Sun enters solar minimum a few years from now.

Frozen Iguana - Frozen to Death in South Florida





Ying-Yang's picture

Be careful when you open Pandora's box.........

Stuxnet is a computer worm discovered in June 2010. Stuxnet initially spreads via Microsoft Windows, and targets Siemens industrial software and equipment. While it is not the first time that hackers have targeted industrial systems,[1] it is the first discovered malware that spies on and subverts industrial systems,[2] and the first to include a programmable logic controller (PLC) rootkit.

Let's deploy viruses and drones. Heck nobody else will... right?

Element's picture

Or alternatively, it's a refinery fire.

BigJim's picture

  Be careful when you open Pandora's box.........

Stuxnet is a computer worm discovered in June 2010. Stuxnet initially spreads via Microsoft Windows, and targets Siemens industrial software and equipment.

Good point. Bill Bonner discusses this rather amusingly here:

grey7beard's picture

>> sick and tired of the left wing extremists

Count your blessings, wingnut.  I'm sick and tired of you right wing extremeists and there's a boat load more of you.  And your frozen iguana isn't proof of anything.

Lost Wages's picture

Dude, the sky itself could be on fire and these donkeys still wouldn't believe.

CrazyCooter's picture

Just watch gas prices on the west coast.

The big lie that is the stock exchange (or any exchange) can only hide so much for so long. In time, it all comes down to Earth.




CrazyCooter's picture

My knowledge in this space is based almost soley on "Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language" which is a very easy to read, semi-non-technical book on refining. Very educational. If you want to know about it, buy the book and read it.

It appears that this incident involves a process, talked about in the book, which is hydro-cracking. I won't even go into detail here.

This provides zero insight into what is burning (i.e. the feed stock), however it does shed some light on how this refinery will recover going forward.

I live in AK, and I can assure you I know about high gas prices. This is on ZH because, frankly, serious price shock is coming very, very soon to CA. This refinery will have to shut down, repair, and come back online. All their production will be offline. So, just assume that. Repairs will be physical. Lots of welding, replacment of tanks, pipes, that sort of thing. Hydrocrackers have a lot of chemistry going on, so there may very well be big capital costs to replace catlysts and god knows what else.

None of this will happen over night. Particularly in CA. I would not be suprised, based on this tragedy and the demeanor in CA, that gas goes to the moon there while CA citizens "save the planet".



Ahmeexnal's picture

Gas prices in Kali will not go up.

A lot of people in kali drive down to Mexico to load up on gas.

CrazyCooter's picture

You mean, gas prices in Kali will not go up? It is funny you bring up Kali, because this is always my first thought when I think of the fiscal cesspool that is Kalifornia.

Or, maybe I just read too much. Take your pick.



JPM Hater001's picture

I wish you were my cooter...mines dumb

marathonman's picture

Actually the hydrocracking process takes heavier feeds and catalytically cracks in the presence of hydrogen to get predominantly diesel, jet fuel, and some higher octane gasoline blend stocks.  Diesel and jet fuel prices in the CA/West Coast market will be in shorter supply and should see higher pricing.  The rest of the refinery can probably still run at some capacity depending on the extent of the damages so impact to gasoline markets shouldn't be too crazy.  But then again fear and greed could really run with this thing in the short term....

Freddie's picture

Hope & Chains false flag like Deepwater Horizon.   Nothing a few million gallons of corexit cannot fix.  Buffett owns Nalco who makes the toxin.  Nalco from Naperville with connections to Goldman, Gore, Chicago, and other Dems.

Hope and Change.

bankruptcylawyer's picture

time to corexit outta there. oh wait, that's BP.

CrazyCooter's picture

Slewie is going to bust your ass for copy right!



Disclaimer: Slewie is one of the few minds I just can't follow. He seems to really know a lot of shit. But, his medium is all crazy. Always a fascinating read, like a weird sort of poetry. Step up or step down. This is fail, but I look foward to the next attempt.

fuu's picture

Slewie don't surf, and the check is in the mail.

A Nanny Moose's picture

I thought that was Charlie?

aphlaque_duck's picture

Oil is the master resource. It is priced into everything we consume.

Any shock to fuel supplies could be the tipping point for this sinking ship, and this event has the potential to boost CA gas prices tomorrow by 50% or more.

ZH is unique for reporting not just on the numbers, but the real underlying causes of everything.

CrazyCooter's picture

Excellent comment. Precisely why this is on ZH.

Anyone, and I mean all you "rich, secure, not-my-problem" citizens, must understand when the energy framework goes tits up, so goes your role in society.

Just put that on a post it note.

My recommendation? Lots and lots of charity work so that you won't get hanged because you are good for the community. Now is a great time to start. Figure out how to connect with, and make a difference, with real families. Not the food stamp leaches, but real families who struggle, with good values, to make it in the world.

If not, enjoy your rope. It is coming.



veyron's picture

Were this the case, I would actually hope that people would monitor the refineries etc in case of a circumstance like this, vindicating my original remark.

MM's picture


Chevron has a crude refining capacity in the United States of approximately 955,000 barrels per day.


I don't see the financial slant either.

Money Squid's picture

Excuse me Mr. Retard, the refineries in the US are not running at capacity and can easily take up this minor bit of slack if they wanted to, without increasing prices. Just because there is an upset and some flames shoot out the flare, like they are supposed to during an upset, and well some flames shot out where they were not supposed to, does not mean all hell will break lose in the gasoline market. You can get your bannan hamock all bunched up if a gas station blows up, but it don't mean every fucking spark is a fucking financia lfucking disaster worthy of all the stupid comments posted by retards like you on this site. Veyron's douchey friend got banned, so what? I'll bet the three cents to my name and all of your kids future earnings Veyron is antisatan and got banned for something stupid.

Overfed's picture

Horseshit. When BP's Cherry Point refinery burned earlier this year, gas jumped 20 or 30 cents over night here, and it's still higher than most of the rest of the country. It's gonna go back up to four bucks by weeks end in Cali, and probably Oregon and Washington too.

zhandax's picture

Consolidation, bitches.  How much more shit you have to watch burn -literally or figuratively- and get 'taken over by stronger hands' before you realize something is going on in the last four years?  That is over a quarter of Chevron's refining capacity and this is still a country with a lack of refining capacity when we are not in a depression.

marathonman's picture

Actually, the US has plenty of refining capacity.  Witness the Pennsylvania and New Jersey refineries that shutdown due to economics in the last few years.  Several monstrous refinery expansions have been implemented in the last few years as well in LA and TX that take advantage of WTI and Canadian syncrude economics.  Too bad Motiva corroded out their new 300,000 bpd crude unit in Port Arthur during startup.  Otherwise they could be making money hand over fist.  Much of the excess US crude capacity is being EXPORTED due to WTI / Brent Crude price differentials.  Mid-continent oil is making a lot of money for refiners with good access to that supply.  Recent crack spreads in the Chicago market were around $25/bbl!  Cha-ching! 

veyron's picture

This is fight club, theoretically.  No one should be banned for disagreeing with the zeitgeist.  There's no history of antisatan's posts that suggested something worthy of banning (such as promoting something blatantly or soliciting sex with minors).  

The reason for concern, of course, is that if the reason for ban was for expressing a different opinion, then ZH will have truly jumped the shark.  What makes this site any different from, say, CNBC?

Drachma's picture

A famous puppet once said "Never let a crisis go to waste". Don't worry they won't.

indygo55's picture

Maybe the story is covered here is because the largest refinery in California going up in smoke may, just maybe will have some effect on energy, something that CA, a state that is financially imploding is really dependent on energy and will now pay even more by having to replace it. Just thinking.

vxpatel's picture

to broaden your horizons other reason...can you imagine? reading about things that matter, with no purpose in mind?

OldPhart's picture

This story is here because it directly pertains to financial news.

California gas prices are going to skyrocket; and they're already pretty damned high compared to the rest of the country.  I live here and just returned from a three week vacation on the east coast.  We are HIGH!

I halfway suspect that this fire could have been caused by State of California operatives (yes, the State does have Operatives, they work for the 'Board of Equalization').  California has a massive hole they were counting on to be filled by the tax revenues generated by the farcical Facebok IPO.  Those revenues are now a dry wet dream.  And the State is desperated to create tax income for itself.

The easiest way for the State of California to pump tax revenue up is to increase stealth sales taxes.  Create a shortage of a product in typically high demand at it's peak.  What better than the sales tax generated off of fuel sales?

They already do it every year at the start of summer time by requiring the use of specially blended fuel that creates an annual supply bottleneck and attendant temporary spike in price.  Imagine the lasting effects of a serious, long-term, decline in the production of fuel and what the price effect would be.  Fuel sales at a taxable rate of 3.75 or so, with a tax laden price of $4.25/gallon can see a pretty sudden spike to $5 or $6 at the taxable rate, with a near doubling of the sales tax collected.

Compound that with the impact of fuel prices on literally all goods, from acorns to zippers, and, as the price base rises, the sales tax revenue increases.  The public is bled dry by the State with each everyday transaction (what they've been doing on a relative small scale for decades).

California, of course, remains the land of fruits and nuts, many of which are shipped to other States (about half go to stores, the rest just pack up and move).

Those of us that remain here will see the cost of everything jump.  When that happens the State's Union Employees will demand increased wages to keep up with inflation and we will witness the State demanding even more money to pay for their employees (who make at least 30% more, including benefits, over the private sector for equivalent positions.)

I've seen this show countless times.

OldPhart's picture

Fuck Romney, Fuck Obama.  I have no interest in what either of them have to say.  They are the same $2 whore, with one blonde wig and one brunett wig.

marathonman's picture

It's hard for me to believe that anyone working at the refinery would do anything intentionally to blow the place up.  The last thing employees want to do is kill the golden goose paying their salaries and paychecks.  That's not to say that it wasn't a screw-up that caused the explosion.  Accidents can and do happen everyday and no process is perfect.  If you want to explore some interesting background in industrial safety checkout The Chemical Safety Board website -  They publish the root causes of most industrial incidents. 

People don't blow up their employer on purpose, but it happens even as hard as those companies try to prevent it.  It only takes fuel, spark, and oxygen to start a fire.

jomama's picture

ZH doesn't ban anyone unless they are peddling cheap, pirated mechandise.

hmm... wait a minute...

Neethgie's picture

tbh on my twitter feed zh beat bloomberg, reuters and assosciated press... so im pretty sure they are doing quite a good job, im glad anti satan saw it with his eyes, what do you want zh to do? have people sit outside all refinerys incase shit goes down?