Posted by American, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Aug 9, 2012 at 10:35 am
Charles: You are 100% correct,and it is similar to those who later move near an established airport(where rents and mortgages are lower due to plane noise and traffic) and then complain about the plane noise and traffic.
Chevron obviously made a mistake, and will pay a huge fine due to the mistake.
However, what I find really troubling is the ambulance chasing lawyers, and "professional litigants" coming out of the wood work now claiming all these bogus injuries and damages. I saw a video on the news of all these people lined up outside some lawyers office, and one of these alleged injured people was actually already wearing a neck brace! Except for the actual Chevron workers who were working in close proximity to the fire area, there is no way all of these people who lived miles from the plant allegedly sustained these fake injuries.
Richmond is very lucky to have Chevron, with all the jobs they create, tax base, and volunteer time and money that Chevron employees pump into the Richmond local economy and schools.
The debate should be about holding these ambulance chasing lawyers and fake litigants accountable for their fraudulent claims, and not about trying to drive the one big employer in the city out of town.
Posted by LMP, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Aug 9, 2012 at 11:17 am
The refinery was established in 1906. I'm guessing at least 99% of Richmond residents moved in after it was built. There was a photo of a lady standing in line in front of an attorney's office to file her claim- while she was smoking a cigarette. You could hear "cha-ching!" when the sirens went off. Hey, Chevron screwed up, but they will make it right. Anyone in that community that thinks things would be better off if the plant closed is delusional.
Posted by TL Nelson, a resident of another community, on Aug 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm
I would not be so quick to say that Chevron screwed up or made a mistake. Refining is an inherently dangerous business. You can follow all of the industry best practices, take all of the preventive measures, train and retrain your employees ... and ... still sometimes accidents happen. This incident could have been unexpected equipment failure or human error on the part of an operator, or some other unexpected cause. Despite the great desire of so many Americans, we do not live in a risk free world.
Posted by Bill, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Aug 10, 2012 at 6:34 am
I remember one year when there was a small refinery fire in Richmond and the word went out that there was an accident in Richmond and some had come to the hospital for treatment. Over the course of the next few hours there were Richmond residents that showed up at the hospital complaining of neck pain due to whiplash from the Richmond accident.