Chevron may seek environmental law exemption

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


RICHMOND, Calif.—Oil giant Chevron may be seeking California environmental law exemptions for its Richmond refinery rebuilding project.

The San Jose Mercury News is reporting Wednesday that Chevron lobbyists in Sacramento have been quietly trying to craft a deal to give the petroleum company an exemption from rules on environmental studies of major projects.

Chevron has been trying to rebuild and upgrade its Contra Costa County refinery for five years. But environmentalist sued, saying Chevron was concealing plans to process highly polluting heavier grades of crude oil.

A judge agreed last year and construction work was halted. An appeals court also ruled against Chevron in April, saying the company's environmental impact report failed to clearly explain refinery emissions.

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