It’s simple, oil refineries are not safe. Some of the most toxic substances known to man are byproducts of oil refining. And, when something goes wrong, and it seems that something always does go wrong, the result is potential catastrophe.
In August, at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California, something went terribly wrong. A horrific fire at the refinery sent toxic plumes of smoke into the surrounding community, exposing thousands to all sorts of hazardous toxins. Months later, the effects are still being felt in a 9 square mile section of Richmond.
Read more about the refinery fire at http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Group-Carcinogens-linger-after-Che….