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Chevron Work Produces Flames, Noise

Work at the El Segundo refinery lit up the night sky for several hours Monday night. Are you used to this procedure?

Flames and noise from Chevron Refinery in El Segundo are the result of a "controlled release," according to a person who answered the company's 24-hour community hotline Monday night. She explained that work was being done.

The flames were visible before the sun set and still going strong by 9:25 p.m. A loud hissing/spraying sound could be heard at least two blocks from the plant, which borders Manhattan Beach at Rosecrans Avenue.

Said a resident on Pacific Avenue, "I've lived here 20 years and I still haven't gotten used to it [the noise and flames from such a safety release]."

A Manhattan Beach firefighter said they had not received any calls about the release though they had noticed it.

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peter umbrei July 03, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Manhattan Beach resident for 26 years. I have seen most of the pressure releases. PERFECTLY safe and actually entertaining to watch. Chevron knows EXACTLY what they are doing at all times in regards to all safety measures. Peter Umbreit. 2918 Maple AVe, MB Ca. Glad to have you here..
Jake Rome July 03, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Is that the reason there's a helicopter hovering near the neighborhood?
Don Dogan July 03, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I have lived in Manhattan Beach 19 years and know the pressure releases are safety measures. Chevron is one of, if not, the safest refinery in CA.
Melissa Bailey July 04, 2012 at 03:15 AM
What is not safe is the black smoke these burn-offs produce. Yesterday evening, fortunately for us, the wind was blowing directly east, so Hawthorne got it instead of us...this time.
Janet July 08, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I know in other countries that have stricter emission controls, the oil companies capture the gas? They do not have systems that require these controlled releases. I would like to see Chevron install one of these more modern systems in El Segundo!

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