Posted by Ms. Bunny, a resident of San Ramon, on Aug 9, 2012 at 8:45 am
When we moved to San Ramon in 1979, we thought about several areas, including Benecia, but too close to the refineries. Our feeling was? The refineries have been there since THE TURN OF THE LAST CENTURY and need to operate and deserve to STAY in place, rather, "progress" should work around their existence. By no means does this take the place of improvements as in better warning systems? -But to ask them to leave? Ludicrous with NIMBY mindset, if not selfish.
Posted by Barry, a resident of Dublin, on Aug 9, 2012 at 10:43 am
Asking the oil company to shut down a refinery. As stated above, LUDICROUS. Discounting the 3500 employees who work safely everyday among those many chemicals and all the money they earn and contribute to the bay area makes no sense. Then lets eliminate all four Contra Costa refineries and see where the bay area economy goes.
I grew up in Richmond with those refineries and have suffered no ill effects. The refineries are good neighbors and have been there longer than any of the people who are complaining.Richmond needs to work with their residents, including Chevron.
Posted by Bob P, a resident of another community, on Aug 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm
It's very common with many socially unacceptable uses to have the community ask for them to be moved. I have seen it with airports, water treatment plants, utility easements, most of which predate the development by decades. Besides, are any of us willing to demand that Chevron 'move' the refinery, only to have gas prices go up to maybe $10.00 a gallon?
Posted by Dave, a resident of San Ramon, on Aug 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm
If only we could use their "soon to be determined" fines to upgrade some of their equipment....? Instead of losing $40 million they could have 5-10% down on a modern plant with carbon sequestration. Bob is right. We'll likely just raise gas prices.