CHEVRON PRESS RELEASE (verbatim).
Chevron Stops Construction of Richmond Refinery Renewal Project. More than 1,000 workers lose jobs with project that improves air quality
RICHMOND, Calif., July 13, 2009 –Chevron’s Richmond Refinery management today announced that it has stopped all work on a refinery upgrade and modernization project that would have replaced old equipment with newer, cleaner technology.
More than one thousand construction workers are without jobs as a result of the stoppage which was ordered by the Contra Costa County Superior Court on July 1, 2009. The decision was made in response to a request for a work stoppage order by Communities for a Better Environment, the West County Toxics Coalition and the Asian Pacific Environmental Network.
“While Chevron disagrees with the Court’s decision, we are complying with Court’s order made at the plaintiffs’ request and have stopped all work on the project,” said refinery manager Mike Coyle. “More than one thousand people are now out of work. By mid-week, 100 construction workers will remain for the period of time necessary to complete the safe demobilization of the Renewal Project.”
Added Coyle, “It is painful to be forced to tell people they don’t have jobs to support their families during these tough economic times. The Renewal Project would have created up to 2,000 construction jobs and pumped millions of dollars into the local economy. It is unfortunate that activists have worked so hard to misrepresent and stop a project that delivers significant environmental benefits.”
Environmental consultants hired by the City of Richmond conducted an extensive environmental review over nearly four years. The review concluded that the project would have improved air quality in Richmond. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District concurred with the environmental findings and approved construction of the improvements.
Chevron plans an expedited appeal of the ruling but will stop construction of the project. The future of the project remains in question until an appeals court can decide the issue.
Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company’s success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of approximately 62,000 employees who operate across the energy spectrum. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at Chevron‘s website.
Contact: Brent Tippen, Chevron Richmond Refinery Public Affairs at 510-242-4700 or e-mail Brent.Tippen@chevron.com.