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Chevron pleads no contest to six charges, agrees to pay $2 million fine and costs

Original post made on Aug 6, 2013

Chevron USA, a subsidiary of San Ramon-based Chevron Corp., pleaded no contest to six misdemeanor criminal charges in Contra Costa County Superior Court Monday and agreed to pay nearly $2 million in restitution and fines related to last year's massive fire at its Richmond refinery.

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Posted by Gander Sauce
a resident of Blackhawk
on Aug 6, 2013 at 9:08 am

So, since corporations are people too, my friend, how much time will Chevron get in the slammer? Surely, this pimple on a rounding error to quarterly earnings can't be the entire punishment. Where's the deterrence in that? If a Richmond teenager had caused that conflagration, how many lifetimes would he be serving?

The refinery manager is surely paid Big Bucks to prevent this kind of careless calamity. Shouldn't that individual, at least, be accountable and get a state scholarship for a few months of quiet contemplation?

*cue the Chevron apologists: but Jobs! and Payroll! and support of local business! and America's energy future! and what if they move to Texas!! The corporate PR department has been working overtime on those arguments. Here's hoping that they, at least, complied with the Labor Code.

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Posted by Sally
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Be honest. It's much cheaper (for all) to pay the fine than to employ a legion of attorneys to fight this, over years (on both sides). At lease Richmond BUILD gets some money!

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Aug 8, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Couldn't have said it better Gander. Notice how these disaster-prone refineries are always located next to poor communities? This is true even in parts of Europe I've visited.
Fracking: coming to a neighborhood near you.

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