Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)
City of Richmond v. Chevron (Negligent Operation of Refinery)
The City of Richmond, California, sued Chevron claiming “years of neglect, lax oversight, and corporate indifference” with regard to a fire at its Richmond refinery in August 2012 that sent thousands of residents to the hospital. The lawsuit sought financial compensation for economic damage to the city, including the costs of emergency response, firefighting, environmental cleanup, alleviating harm to public health, and loss in value to city property. In May 2018, it was reported that Chevron settled the lawsuit for $5 million. In August 2013, Chevron pleaded no contest to state charges relating to the fire (see Chevron instance, “Richmond, CA Refinery No Contest Plea”).
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