Chevron Makes Its Case In Richmond


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Last night, as Chevron representatives asked the Richmond Planning Commission to let them go ahead with their plans to boost their refinery capacity, 250 mostly hostile people attended the meeting and complained that the plans could pump more toxic gas into the surrounding neighborhoods. As the Contra Costa Times reported, even Attorney General Jerry Brown got into the act, sending a letter that criticized the company's environmental impact report as incomplete and glossing over reports on potential greenhouse gas emissions. It's no secret that California has limited refinery capacity, which has contributed to rising gas prices. On the other hand, it's no secret that Chevron has enjoyed truly outstanding quarterly profits, so when they complained that the city's $2.7 million in proposed mitigation payments as "excessive," we immediately started crying in our beer. The Planning Commission has yet to make a final recommendation.