Response to Richmond Incident

RICHMOND, Calif., February 9, 2021 — A Unified Command (UC) consisting of federal, state and local agencies, including Chevron, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Contra Costa Health Services, and the U.S. Coast Guard is managing spill response.

At approximately 3 p.m. today, the Richmond Refinery observed a sheen on the water near the Richmond Refinery wharf. Chevron immediately initiated its Coast Guard approved facility response plan, began working to isolate and contain the release, and notified all applicable agencies.

A pipeline near the wharf was shut down and the apparent source of the leak has been secured. The line in question is used to transport a variety of oil and products that are returned to the refinery for processing.


The Unified Command is actively monitoring the situation to evaluate any potential public health issues related to the incident. An hourly VHF channel 16 broadcast is advising Mariners to maintain distance while clean-up operations continue.


Sheening along the southeast of Point Richmond has been reported and response teams will be dispatched to minimize further impacts. 2,100 feet of containment boom has been deployed around the spill site. Three oil skimmers are running through the night to recover product out of the water. Response efforts will continue in the morning, after completion of the first light overflight.

While no oiled animals have been reported at this time, the public should report any oiled wildlife encounters or sightings to the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at 1-877-UCD-OWCN (1-800-823-6926).