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CHEVRON SUBMITS APPLICATION TO RESTART REFINERY PROJECT

RICHMOND REFINERY TO PURSUE REVISED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
REPORT

RICHMOND, CALIF– Chevron announced today that it has
submitted a Conditional Use Permit application to the city of Richmond
initiating a process to obtain approval for the construction of operational and
environmental improvements to its Richmond Refinery. This effort will address
questions raised by last year’s appellate court rulings on the city’s original
Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Renewal Project.

“We are committed to working with the city of Richmond to
move the Renewal Project forward with an open and transparent permitting
process,” said Mike Coyle, general manager of Chevron’s Richmond Refinery. “The
Renewal Project upgrades the refinery to improve energy efficiency and
reliability while reducing overall emissions and achieving “net zero”
greenhouse gas mitigation. Equally important, the project puts a thousand
people back to work and provides revenue for the city of Richmond.”

The Richmond City Council unanimously adopted a resolution
on March 1, 2011, encouraging Chevron to submit a revised application for the
Renewal Project.

“The city of Richmond is very happy to receive
Chevron’s application,” said Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, adding, “We look
forward to reviewing it as promptly as possible while ensuring full transparency
and welcoming public input.”

From 2005 to 2008, the project was subjected to extensive
environmental and public review and was approved by both the city of Richmond
and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD). A California court
halted construction in July 2009, asking Chevron to clarify information in the
city’s EIR related to greenhouse gas emissions mitigation and crude oil
processing capability. Subsequent discussions with California lawmakers and
Richmond city officials resulted in Chevron’s decision to submit an application
requesting that the city revise the EIR.

The Renewal Project now includes:

• A new, more efficient hydrogen plant with the capacity to
supply other Bay Area refineries as well as Chevron.

• Equipment improvements to enable the refinery to process
higher-sulfur feedstocks with a reduction in sulfur emissions.

Written by Globe Newspapers

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