Chevron Richmond Refinery Community Update: City Council Approves Modernization Project

  • by BPC Staff
  • on July 30, 2014

Chevron Refinery

Community Update: City Council Approves Modernization Project


Dear Community Member,

Last night, the Richmond City Council voted 5-0 (with two abstentions) to approve the Refinery Modernization Project. We want to thank Council Members Bates, Booze, Butt, Myrick and Rogers for voting to support this important project that will bring significant benefits to our community.

We want to recognize the 1,400 residents, labor union members and Chevron employees who attended the two City Council meetings and demonstrated that Richmond deserves a newer, safer, cleaner refinery. Over the past two weeks, our community came together for a thoughtful dialogue on what this project means to Richmond.  We were gratified to have such a strong showing of support.

Approving modernization will allow us to get to work on modernizing the refinery and putting 1,000 people back to work. This is a win for the City of Richmond, the community and our workforce. We want to thank everyone, including the more than 11,000 residents, who have actively supported this project.

The approval by the City Council is an example of what happens when we work together with the City and the community. The modernization project approved last night means a decrease in emissions, a safety program that far exceeds regulatory requirements and a $90 million investment in Richmond and North Richmond.

These commitments reflect input from residents and represent significant compromises on our part. We call on those who oppose the project based on political purposes to listen to the majority of this community and City Council and allow this project to proceed without delay.

We will now move quickly to request the court to dismiss the writ which was placed on the original project in 2009, and we hope to have a decision by the end of the first quarter of 2015.  Barring any further appeals, we could begin construction and expect it would take 18 months to 2 years.

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