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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1989
Southwest Carson neighborhood leaders have accused City Council members of subjecting residents to "environmental abuse" by not opposing a controversial project at the Fletcher Oil refinery. Barbara Post charged that council members are too close to industry and fail to heed neighborhood concerns. Fletcher is building a $16-million vacuum distillation unit that will allow production of asphalt at the refinery. Post said Fletcher's 1978 conditional use permit has expired and the project cannot proceed until an environmental impact report is updated.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1989 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, Times Staff Writer
Carson City Atty. Glenn Watson disclosed Friday that he plans to recommend that the city prepare an updated environmental impact report on a controversial asphalt plant under construction at the Fletcher Oil refinery. Watson's recommendation, which will be made to the City Council at its June 6 meeting, comes weeks after neighborhood activists demanded that the city study the potential environmental consequences of the refinery project. Construction is three-quarters complete on a $16-million vacuum distillation unit that will allow the refinery to produce the petroleum base for asphalt instead of a high-sulfur fuel oil for ships.
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BUSINESS
May 20, 1989
Southwest Carson neighborhood leaders accused City Council members this week of subjecting residents to "environmental abuse" by not opposing a controversial project at the Fletcher Oil refinery. Barbara Post, who opposes the refinery, charged that council members are too close to industry and fail to heed neighborhood concerns. Fletcher is building a $16-million vacuum distillation unit that will allow production of asphalt at the refinery, located between Figueroa and Main streets near the Harbor Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1989
Southwest Carson neighborhood leaders have accused City Council members of subjecting residents to "environmental abuse" by not opposing a controversial project at the Fletcher Oil refinery. Barbara Post charged that council members are too close to industry and fail to heed neighborhood concerns. Fletcher is building a $16-million vacuum distillation unit that will allow production of asphalt at the refinery. Post said Fletcher's 1978 conditional use permit has expired and the project cannot proceed until an environmental impact report is updated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1989
At an emotional special meeting of the Carson City Council, neighbors of the Fletcher oil refinery complained that a vacuum distillation unit, which would produce asphalt, threatens to add more pollution to the southwest corner of the city. The $16-million unit is under construction with completion scheduled for this summer. It is the second phase of a refinery modernization project begun in 1978 that was put off for years because of financial difficulties. Residents also complained that the original Environmental Impact Report for the project, written more than a decade ago, said nothing about asphalt production and that neighbors were not informed when Fletcher revived plans last year to construct the facility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1989 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Two Los Angeles oil refineries--Arco in Carson and Ultramar in Wilmington--have received safety awards from the National Petroleum Refinery Assn., in recognition of their employees working more than 1 million hours without an accident that caused anyone to miss work. The awards were given to 20 of the 213 refineries in the United States. The Unocal refinery in Rodeo, near San Francisco, posted the longest safety record in the country--6 million hours without a serious accident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1989 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, Times Staff Writer
Carson City Atty. Glenn Watson disclosed Friday that he plans to recommend that the city prepare an updated environmental impact report on a controversial asphalt plant under construction at the Fletcher Oil refinery. Watson's recommendation, which will be made to the City Council at its June 6 meeting, comes weeks after neighborhood activists demanded that the city study the potential environmental consequences of the refinery project. Construction is three-quarters complete on a $16-million vacuum distillation unit that will allow the refinery to produce the petroleum base for asphalt instead of a high-sulfur fuel oil for ships.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1988 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
A fire at an Arco refinery in Carson that created a plume of smoke visible for miles Friday has forced a partial shutdown of the second largest refinery in Los Angeles County. Company officials said there were no injuries. Leigh Noda, Arco manager of refining technology, said the fire was probably caused by a leak in a pipe cap in a 100-foot-tall cylindrical fire box used to heat partly refined petroleum for the vacuum distillation unit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1989 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Despite protests by dozens of angry residents Tuesday night, the Carson City Council reluctantly concluded that it has little chance of controlling a controversial project at the Fletcher Oil refinery. Acting on the advice of City Atty. Glenn Watson, the council voted to send a letter to the South Coast Air Quality Management District seeking information about air pollution violations at the refinery and seeking the agency's support for additional environmental review of the project.
BUSINESS
May 20, 1989
Southwest Carson neighborhood leaders accused City Council members this week of subjecting residents to "environmental abuse" by not opposing a controversial project at the Fletcher Oil refinery. Barbara Post, who opposes the refinery, charged that council members are too close to industry and fail to heed neighborhood concerns. Fletcher is building a $16-million vacuum distillation unit that will allow production of asphalt at the refinery, located between Figueroa and Main streets near the Harbor Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1989 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Two Los Angeles oil refineries--Arco in Carson and Ultramar in Wilmington--have received safety awards from the National Petroleum Refinery Assn., in recognition of their employees working more than 1 million hours without an accident that caused anyone to miss work. The awards were given to 20 of the 213 refineries in the United States. The Unocal refinery in Rodeo, near San Francisco, posted the longest safety record in the country--6 million hours without a serious accident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1989
At an emotional special meeting of the Carson City Council, neighbors of the Fletcher oil refinery complained that a vacuum distillation unit, which would produce asphalt, threatens to add more pollution to the southwest corner of the city. The $16-million unit is under construction with completion scheduled for this summer. It is the second phase of a refinery modernization project begun in 1978 that was put off for years because of financial difficulties. Residents also complained that the original Environmental Impact Report for the project, written more than a decade ago, said nothing about asphalt production and that neighbors were not informed when Fletcher revived plans last year to construct the facility.
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