Flaring from Chevron’s refinery in Richmond lit up the evening skies Thursday.
“We understand that the community has been concerned about the flaring activity,” Chevron spokeswoman Heather Kulp said in a statement at 8:30 p.m. The initial flaring had died down by then, but she said it might recur intermittently as Chevron depressurizes one of its refinery process units.
“The flare is part of our safety system which enables us to safely shut down a unit,” Kulp said. She said the cloud of water vapor released during the process may look like smoke, but it isn’t.
“There has been no impact to the community, and the refinery fence-line monitors are showing that the air quality is well within quality standards,” Kulp said.