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Chevron's fire bill: $10M and counting

San Francisco Chronicle -- Chevron has paid $10 million in medical-compensation claims arising from last year's Richmond refinery blaze, company officials said Monday.
The money has gone to "valid claims" among the 23,900 requests for money that Chevron has received since the Aug. 6 fire sent a cloud of hydrocarbons and black smoke drifting over Richmond and surrounding cities, company officials said in a letter to Randy Sawyer, hazardous materials director for Contra Costa County.
Most of the money has gone to hospitals to pay for medical exams and treatment that resulted from the fire, said Sean Comey, a Chevron spokesman.
An estimated 15,000 people sought treatment at hospitals in the days after the fire for respiratory and other problems. Comey said the "vast majority" had not suffered significant problems.


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Submitted Jan 30, 2013 By: BurntOrange
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NedW
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:57:32 PM

Thank you for submitting this article, BurntOrange.
endymion
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 4:25:48 PM

Safety standards need to prevent this kind of thing.
DanMtz
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 3:47:17 PM

Worse yet, they're still not operating that unit.
doctorindyj
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 1:26:02 PM

"The money has gone to "valid claims" among the 23,900 requests for money that Chevron has received"

So how many were "Valid"? 24K people "requested" money but only 10K were still trying to push through a class action lawsuit on top of getting money through pay off. I'm just wondering how those numbers would look side by side.
PTBpricer
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 8:14:22 AM

And they should pay.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 8:01:19 AM

Good too see a company looking out for their employees.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:49:38 AM

Humans working with hazardous materials, to err is human and this is the result. Unfortunately this will not be the last.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:49:09 AM

After the lawyers get their piece, there probably isn't much left for the victims.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:43:14 AM

Money better spent on preventing injuries.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:42:56 AM

another one bites the dust
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:41:35 AM

Well, that explains the large price increase in the last twenty four hours
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:41:11 AM

Imagine how much they SHOULD be paying.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:39:12 AM

wow
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:34:07 AM

Guess what...pay at the pump to help offset...just saying...
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:34:04 AM

it is a money grab for the lawyers
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:34:04 AM

Imagine what we don't hear about...
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:32:29 AM

The lawers are the ones that make the money.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:32:22 AM

I'm impressed they're not side stepping the claims.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:32:02 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:31:08 AM

Not surprised that it mostly went to the Hospitals.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:29:58 AM

lawyers love this kind of payday
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:28:03 AM

Could have been avoided.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:26:55 AM

Another big payday for lawyers
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:26:29 AM

i can see that gas prices will help pay for this
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:26:24 AM

If you are liable, you have to pay.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:25:43 AM

And we get the bill.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:24:09 AM

10 million $$ and climbing, I'd guess.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:21:30 AM

Im not surprised by this
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:20:25 AM

nail them
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:19:47 AM

A lot of people deserve this money, but a lot of them are also jumping onto the bandwagon.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:17:11 AM

I witnessed a secondary explosion of an overturned gas tanker on Route 128 South a number of years ago & it was scary even from a distance
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:16:13 AM

That fire was not good for low-gas-price hope.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:15:57 AM

I'm sure a bit came out of my pocket at the time.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:15:04 AM

People trying to hit the big money in the lottery of our court system.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:13:43 AM

We are going to pay for this...like it or not.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:11:46 AM

We need to help the oil companies any way we can.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:10:51 AM

We will be paying for this.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:10:50 AM

just raise the pump price 1cent, that will cover it
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:10:03 AM

Chump change.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:09:07 AM

Good points by Bus936. I am also a retired firefighter, and have seen some bad fires like this.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:08:50 AM

Sad for all involved but the consumer will eventually get the bill.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:08:38 AM

The consumer ends up paying
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:05:42 AM

Sucks to be them.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:04:39 AM

Whatever
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:03:30 AM

Too bad for the people & great that expenses are being covered.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:03:27 AM

A gasoline fire is a nasty fire, I know as I am a retired firefighter. I have seen a tanker truck blow up and knock light poles out for a quarter mile. Remember, one gallon of gasoline is equal to one stick of TNT.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:00:55 AM

At least they are admitting responsibility.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 4:59:22 AM

Cheap for them
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 4:54:44 AM

Wasn't this covered under the medical insurance of Chevron's??
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 4:54:30 AM

I can't believe they don't carry insurance to cover this.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 4:53:28 AM

It's just like BP.......eventually the consumers will pay for this by continuing to buy Chevron gasoline. They view it as the cost of doing business.....and it is always passed on.
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