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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1991 | JANET RAE-DUPREE and DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Before Torrance and Mobil Oil Corp. reached a legal truce last year, lawyers for the city were prepared to argue in court that a dizzying array of management and safety problems -- many never publicly disclosed--plagued the company's Torrance refinery.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1989
In the fourth criminal action against Mobil Oil Corp.'s Torrance refinery in the last 10 weeks, Torrance City Prosecutor J. D. Lord filed a misdemeanor complaint Tuesday in South Bay Municipal Court, alleging that the refinery violated air pollution laws on June 19. The complaint said that foul odors, described as resembling rotten eggs and skunks, were released from the refinery, prompting 24 citizen complaints.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1990
Last Tuesday's Torrance municipal election took on a carnival flavor as hordes of television and media teams descended on the city. Many of these reporters showed a lack of understanding of the issue (Measure A) and a lack of understanding of our city (the March 5 issue of the Wall Street Journal referred to Torrance as "a small city outside Los Angeles). They also badly misinterpreted the meaning of the overwhelming defeat of Measure A by the voters. The defeat of Measure A was NOT a victory for Mobil Oil and a mandate for the continued use of hydrogen fluoride at their Torrance refinery.
NEWS
January 13, 1994
A Gardena-based security company has agreed to pay $350,000 to a Mobil Oil worker who was critically injured in March, 1988, when a guard drove a pickup truck into a line of striking employees at the Torrance refinery. Excel Security Services and Juan Canizales reached an out-of-court settlement Friday just before a trial was to begin in Torrance Superior Court.
NEWS
April 27, 1995 | SUSAN WOODWARD
A judge has upheld safeguards for Mobil Oil Corp. to follow as it introduces a safer form of a controversial chemical at its Torrance refinery. Retired Superior Court Judge Harry V. Peetris ruled Friday in favor of 11 conditions requested by Torrance officials to guide Mobil as it starts using a modified version of toxic hydrofluoric acid by a 1997 deadline. The changeover is a product of long-running concern in Torrance about the acid's safety after a string of refinery accidents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1988 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, Times Staff Writer
Almost 2,000 members of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union struck Mobil Oil Corp. refineries Thursday in Southern California, Texas and Washington in a dispute centered on union representation in key refinery jobs. After contract talks broke down and union members walked off the job, supervisory and management personnel continued to operate the Mobil refineries in Torrance; Beaumont, Tex., and Ferndale, Wash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1995 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mobil Oil Corp. and an independent contractor are appealing citations and fines imposed by the state workplace safety agency Cal/OSHA as a result of its investigation of an October explosion at Mobil's Torrance refinery. Voicing disagreement with some of Cal/OSHA's conclusions, Mobil officials are appealing a citation that says the company failed to inspect refinery equipment before the Oct. 19 explosion and fire that injured 28 workers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1990
A court appeals panel has issued a tentative ruling that would require Mobil Oil and two of its managers to stand trial for alleged safety violations stemming from a fatal 1988 explosion at the company's Torrance refinery. The Los Angeles Superior Court appellate panel, consisting of four judges, issued its preliminary ruling before hearing oral arguments in the case last week, Deputy Dist. Atty. Fred Macksoud said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1989 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Denied the permits they need to conduct a full-scale open house, Mobil Oil Corp. officials instead have mailed more than 20,000 letters to homes near their Torrance refinery inviting them to tour the facility. Opening with a breezy "Dear Neighbor" greeting, the letters say Mobil has set aside two successive Saturdays--Oct. 28 and Nov. 4--to sponsor a series of hourly group tours for roughly 40 people at a time.
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