The Chevron oil refinery has agreed to pay $181,000 in civil penalties for 26 air pollution violations during 2013 and 2014, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced.
It’s another slap on the wrist for Chevron from the feckless AQMD. Think about it for a minute. Twenty-six incidents of massive pollution, and a mere $181,000 penalty. Do the math, that’s $6962.00 per violation. Chevron makes more profits than that each minute of the day.
What this means is that Chevron will continue to pollute the Bay Area. These toothless fines are nothing more than the cost of doing business for them.
It’s pretty clear the communities in the Bay Area near Chevron’s facility, and the people who live there, mean nothing to the AQMD.
Read the whole story in the Mercury News