Update January 30th 2013:
Following the explosion and fire of August 6th 2012, at the Richmond refinery, hundreds of people were rushed at the emergency room, with respiratory problems. Today, Chevron was fine $1 million, justified by the fact that : “Our investigators found willful violations in Chevron’s response before, during and after the fire,” said Ellen Widess, head of the state agency that enforces workplace safety, Cal/OSHA. Many believe this amount is insufficient, compare to the damage to the community and environment. However it’s the highest fine permitted by California State law for this industry.