Royal Dutch Shell Plc  .com Rotating Header Image Gas flare-up emergency at Shell refinery in Martinez

It’s spectacular but not dangerous to anyone outside the refinery, county says

From Staff Reports
Article Last Updated: 10/09/2007 11:31:15 AM PDT

MARTINEZ – A mechanical shutdown at the big Shell Oil Co. refinery in Martinez caused excessive flaring _ flames shooting out a tall stack this morning, a Contra Costa Office of Emergency Services official says.

It’s not dangerous or harmful to anyone outside the refinery, Emergency Services Director Chris Boyer said.

“We have a very low level upset at the plant. It’s called a level one emergency. A wet gas compressor shut down causing excessive flaring,” Boyer said.

That means flames coming out a tall stack at the refinery, he said. “I haven’t seen it, but it should be visible to commuters on Highway 4,” he said. and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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