05 August 2013 18:30 [Source: ICIS news]
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The city filed the civil lawsuit last week, accusing the company of “willful and conscious disregard of public safety”.
Six people were injured and more than 15,000 area residents sought medical treatment after the fire.
The lawsuit alleges that Chevron ignored safety warnings at the expense of public safety.
The company disputes the allegations.
“The city’s meritless lawsuit is a waste of its own resources and yet another example of its failed leadership,” Chevron said in statement. “The baseless allegations against Chevron
“We will vigorously defend the action, but we remain dedicated to those in the
Investigations by Chevron on the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) concluded that a five-foot carbon steel pipe component failed because of sulphidation corrosion, leading to a leak and then a fire at the refinery.
The sulphidation was accelerated by the low-silicon content of the failed component, Chevron said, adding that such low-silicon components can – and did in this instance – corrode at an accelerated rate not easily detectable by multiple corrosion monitoring locations.
Chevron has since made repairs and implemented new safety procedures, and the refinery is back to operating at planned rates.
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