By now, we’ve all heard that wine experts sometime can’t tell red from white in blind tastings. I considered these findings after interviewing Anthony Lucero, director of an in-progress movie about making sushi.
He’s been studying sushi for a couple of years and is amazed by all the subtle variations. What kind of vinegar is used to prepare the rice? Is the fish overly chilled? If the chef slices a few millimeters too thick, will your sashimi be less tender, or more? Read More
Chevron does not plan to increase production at its fire-damaged Richmond refinery after repairs are made, allowing it to forgo requirements to install the newest clean-air technologies, the company said.
A section of the refinery was damaged in an Aug. 6 fire that sent a cloud of black smoke into the air and spurred thousands to seek medical treatment. The cause of the fire was a leaky decades-old pipe that failed due to corrosion. Read More
On Election Day, there will be more than just a presidential race and statewide tax initiatives on the ballot. Local measures include a soda tax in Richmond and El Monte and the “Porn Actors Required to Wear Condoms Act” in Los Angeles County. Also, Mendocino County, San Francisco, and the cities of Chico, Richmond and Arcata are considering resolutions declaring that corporations are not entitled to a constitutional right to political free speech. Read More
Smog-producing hydrocarbons are still leaking at unlawful levels at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond in the wake of the Aug. 6 fire there, but pollution control officials said they expect to stop it by today and Chevron could face $25,000 daily fines. Read More
More than 9,000 people sought treatment at local hospitals for health problems stemming from the massive fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond last week, a health official told the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Read More
Repair work at the fire-damaged crude oil unit of California’s second-largest refinery could keep the unit shut for up to three months, refinery sources said Thursday as regional wholesale gasoline prices rose to their highest since May. Read More
About 1,000 claims have been filed since thick smoke and soot from a massive fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery Monday evening sent 950 area residents to local hospitals, a Chevron spokesman said. Read More
Motorists should brace for significantly higher prices at the pump in the coming weeks as a result of Monday night’s fire at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond.
Wholesale prices for fuel have already risen by 23 to 35 cents a gallon, a cost increase that will soon be passed on to consumers, said Cynthia Harris, a spokeswoman for AAA. She said it is too early to speculate about how much gas prices will increase, but the spike will be “significant.” Read More
As East Bay residents recovered Tuesday from the effects of a massive fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond on Monday night, the head of emergency services at the facility provided updates on the blaze.
Mark Ayers said a hydrocarbon leak was initially detected in the No. 4 crude unit about 4:30 p.m. Monday. He said the leak was minor. When asked why Chevron didn’t notify county health officials, Ayers said there were “no thoughts it would impact the community.” Read More
On Tuesday, Chevron sought to repair the core of its Richmond refinery after an hourslong fire burned Monday night in the crude unit.
The blaze sent a pitch-black plume of smoke high above the East Bay, burning for more than four hours before being completely extinguished overnight, Chevron said.
As traders recalled that a 2007 fire on the same unit left the plant mostly idle for months, gasoline
premiums began to spike. Read More