Chevron Case Settles for $22,500

This page last reviewed September 10, 2012

In March 2012, Chevron paid $22,500 in penalties for contaminating CARBOB in violation of California reformulated gasoline regulations.  In June of 2007 Chevron’s Richmond refinery was supplying CARBOB by pipeline to Kinder Morgan’s terminal in Brisbane and mistakenly left a valve open allowing conventional gasoline to leak into the pipeline.   Chevron discovered the error and was able to divert the contaminated fuel in the pipeline to transmix.  Additionally, two cargo tanks with contaminated product that were enroute to deliver gasoline to service stations were also rerouted to transmix.  The incident was self-disclosed to ARB as soon as it was discovered.  Valve lock out procedures have been implemented to prevent this type of error in the future.