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Commentary: Battle lines forming on carbon tax

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For a political non-starter, a carbon tax is generating an awful lot of activity on Capitol Hill. Texas Reps. Joe Barton and Jeb Hensarling will headline a press conference Wednesday slamming the idea.
Smoke and flames billow from a crude oil unit at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/ContraCosta Times, D. Ross Cameron )

Tactics divide agencies in Chevron probe

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A grand jury probe targeting Chevron in last year’s Richmond refinery fire has created a rift between the federal agency investigating the incident and environmental regulators seeking possible criminal charges against the oil giant
Demonstrators hold up signs in front of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline project in the US, and the Tar Sands Development in Alberta Canada. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Obama faces angry liberals over pipeline

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President Obama is barreling toward what one Bay Area activist predicts could be “all out warfare” with environmentalists who want him to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline.
A network of pipelines extend into the bay on the Chevron refinery's long wharf in Richmond, Calif. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. (Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle)

Bar pilot panel slow to act on complaint

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San Francisco — The California commission that polices bar pilots who navigate ships through San Francisco Bay has gone nearly a year without acting on an extraordinary complaint against a captain lodged after his loaded oil tanker nearly ran aground off Richmond – an incident that could have caused an environmental disaster.
The Overseas Reymar sails past Angel Island on Friday, four days after it hit the Bay Bridge. Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle

Bridge-crash tanker’s last-minute shift

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The pilot of the oil tanker that hit the Bay Bridge last week apparently decided at the last minute to change course and head between a different set of bridge towers, a tricky maneuver that may have played a role in the accident, experts said.
Categories: Crude oil
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Gas exports will boost solar industry, exec says

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CEO Arno Harris said Recurrent Energy’s new solar plants will sell power for as low as 7 cents a kilowatt-hour, nearly as cheap as natural gas-fired plants. He favors gas exports because they could lift the price of gas, making renewable energy more competitive.
Smoke and flames billow from a crude oil unit at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/ContraCosta Times, D. Ross Cameron )

Chevron firefighters may have gouged pipe

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The pipe that fed a huge fire at Chevron’s Richmond oil refinery in August appears to have been punctured from the outside, possibly by company firefighters trying to get at a small leak before the blaze ignited, investigators said Thursday.
Categories: Accidents, Refining
White smoke rises from the Chevron refinery during a controlled burn, the morning after a toxic fire in Richmond, Calif.  (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times, Laura A. Oda)

Chevron fire moves governor to form task force

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Gov. Jerry Brown has formed an interagency working group on refinery safety after questions emerged following a fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery about whether California is diligently inspecting oil plants, officials said Tuesday.
Categories: Accidents
White smoke rises from the Chevron refinery during a controlled burn, the morning after a toxic fire in Richmond, Calif.  (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times, Laura A. Oda)

Corrosion blamed in 2011 Chevron refinery fire

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Unchecked corrosion, the suspected culprit in the August blaze that destroyed part of Chevron’s Richmond refinery, was responsible for another fire at the plant last year that prompted workers to complain to regulators that the company was ignoring the problem, according to state inspection documents obtained by The San Francisco Chronicle.
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Criminal investigation at Chevron refinery

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Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of Chevron after discovering that the company detoured pollutants around monitoring equipment at its Richmond refinery for four years and burned them off into the atmosphere, in possible violation of a federal court order, The Chronicle has learned.
Categories: Accidents