Almost a year after the Richmond, California fire, Chevron decided to conduct a voluntary inspection at their El Segundo refinery. Chevron’s El Segundo and Richmond refineries were both built in the 70s, process the same type of crude oil, and are nearly identical. During the tests, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) discovered corroded refinery pipes that looked eerily similar to the failed pipes in Richmond.
Although Rod Spackman–a spokesman for Chevron’s El Segundo refinery–told the Associated Press that the corroded pipes at the facility were still “suitable for continued operation” even after inspecting them. “However, in an abundance of caution, we nevertheless replaced portions of the piping system.” Additionally, Spackman told the AP that “it is cooperating with state and federal investigations, and implementing stricter inspections and oversight of its facilities.”
After months, Cal/OSHA gave Chevron the okay to restart the part of the refinery that was shut down.