Aug 31, 2016
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Hundreds of community members and families of Chevron employees received a more intimate view of the Richmond Refinery over the weekend during a tour that is a regular tradition.

More than 840 community members and employee families registered to tour the facility on Saturday. They were greeted by the more than 70 Refinery employees who volunteered to host booths, conduct tours and answer questions.

The community learned about the history of the Refinery and exactly what occurs within the facility on a day-to-day basis. Among the topics, folks learned how hydrogen used at the Refinery helps produce cleaner gasoline and meet California’s strict environmental standards. They were also offered a glimpse into the facility’s system for safety inspections, which includes gathering vibration data to ensure systems are running safely.

The Refinery exhibited its testing and response procedure when a community member calls into the Odor Hotline. Chevron also connected residents to the Community Air Monitoring system at, where emissions data in the Richmond and North Richmond communities can be viewed in real-time.

The ground-breaking energy research accomplished at Chevron’s lesser-known but equally important Richmond facility — the Richmond Technology Center (RTC) — was also discussed, along with the many ways Chevron has funded STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in the community, including Fab Lab Richmond (a Fabrication Laboratory) at Kennedy High, the Mobile Fab Lab, and a 9-week internship at RTC for underserved WCCUSD chemistry  students.

“While we have been neighbors for more than a century, our technology and procedures are constantly advancing and evolving. We feel it is important to invite community members over to the Refinery for a discussion on a regular basis and this is one of the many ways in which we accomplish this,” Refinery General Manager Kory Judd said.

Check out these photos from the latest Refinery Tour:



About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.