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InsideBayArea.com: 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.

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