This Might Get Ugly!

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by Fearsome Forehand, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. Fearsome Forehand

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    Chevron Refinery in Richmond,CA is burning. Right on the eastern shore of the SF Bay. Not a good thing. Hopefully, solvable soon. They process 240K barrels of oil/day there. Keep your fingers crossed.

    Refineries in densely populated areas = very bad idea.
     
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    I think the refinery was there before the cities started to spread out towards the site. I blame the politicians and city bureaucrats for allowing homes to be built near the refinery. And the people obviously ignored the fact that there was a refinery near their home when they bought their place. Greed!
     
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    Yeah, if the winds were slightly more Northerly, it'd go right over my house.
    But as is, just N of us.
    G/F saw the flames at around 6, but I was oblivious working inside the house till I took to the road and changed radio channels.
    Flames gone by 8, smoke still streaming.
    Didn't see it coming home from windsurfing at 5.
     
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  4. Fearsome Forehand

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    Martinez is the same way. I used to play tennis about a mile or two from the Shell refinery there. I used to worry about the thing blowing up one night when I was staying at the then GF's place.

    The refineries were built in the 1920's? when Richmond and Martinez were way out in the sticks. Now they are part of the SF/Oakland urban sprawl.

    Edit: As of last night the fire is supposedly contained. It was still burning as of this morning. If you hear a huge explosion on the West Coast, you will know what it is.

    My understanding is that plant was one of the few that makes the special CA gas so prices in CA will go up if that plant is off line for any amount of time.
     
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    As of 7AM, not a sign of any smoke anywhere E of the burn.
    Have a friend who lives across RichmondParkway of the fire. She was at work last nite.
    We can turn on the turbines and reverse the wind direction so we can pollute Marin county.
    That way, the rich folks in Kensington, WalnutCreek, Orinda, and PleasantHill don't have to look up and see the smoke.
     
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