Report Says Chevron Should Have Replaced Leaky Pipe

March 2013, Vol. 240, No. 3

Government investigators found that a decades-old pipe that leaked and caused a fire at a Chevron refinery in California was corroded, and the company knew it should have been replaced.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board and California Division of Occupational Safety and Health found that the 8-inch steel pipe was installed in 1976 and ruptured due to corrosion.

The report confirmed previous findings by both the agencies and the company. Rafael Moure-Eraso, board chairperson, said Chevron should have replaced the pipe years ago. Chevron said some of the report’s findings are consistent with its own, and the company is inspecting every pipe susceptible to the same type of corrosion.

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