Ruptured Pipe in Chevron Fire was Not Inspected
The problems that led to the fire at Chevron's refinery in Richmond last month are becoming more clear, now that federal investigators have reported their findings to the Richmond City Council.
Tawanda Kanhema of KQED News Associate Richmond Confidential says the presentation included dramatic photos of the ruptured pipe.
"Eighty percent of the pipe in crude unit four, which started the fire, had been corroded," Kanhema said. "It was reduced to the thickness of a penny and so it could no longer sustain the pressure that it was designed to withstand."
Investigators also discovered the pipe had not been inspected during routine checks last November, and was likely decades old.
Chevron apologized for the fire and harm to residents, and did not dispute the board's findings.