Defenders of Our Mother Earth. Please Rally Against the Rodeo Refinery at One or Both of the Below Listed Dates. The deadline for written comments is 5 p.m. July 25.
What: Public hearing
Where: Contra Costa County Zoning Administrator, 30 Muir Road, Martinez
When: 3:30 p.m. Monday
IF YOU GO
What: Community meeting
Where: Crockett Community Center, 850 Pomona St.
When: 6:30 p.m. July 22
The refinery in Rodeo was the first of the five major oil refineries now operating on the shores of the Bay Area. The plant was built in 1896, and now covers more than 1,000 acres, and employs 500 people. It processes 100,000 barrels of crude per day, to make mostly gasoline. For years it was owned by Unocal, and was bought by Tosco in 1997, one of eight refineries in the U. S. owned by Tosco. In 2001, Tosco was acquired for $7 billion by Phillips Petroleum. Phillips already bought out ARCO's Alaskan crude oil production properties last year for $6.5 billion. Like most refineries, Rodeo has a co-generation plant on site that produces steam and electricity with heat generated by the refining process, as well as natural gas. At times Rodeo generates more power than it needs, and the surplus is sold to PG&E and is distributed on the grid. Cracking is the refinery term for heating crude and low grade oils to the point where they change at a molecular level into new products. This is done at the Plant's Coking Unit 200. Adjacent to it, with two stacks, the Unicracker-Reformer Complex continues the process, and adds hydrogen. Though Tosco has sold its refineriese, it still controls 6,500 retail outlets, including the 76 brand of gas stations, and the Circle K convenience store chain. It also sells its gas under the Exxon and Mobil brands in the northeast.
The San Francisco Refinery is an oil refinery located in Rodeo, California and in Arroyo Grande, Califorina, in the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Maria Valley. These two locations, although more than 200 miles apart are considered one location. The two locations are directly connected by a pipeline. The refinery is currently owned and operated by Phillips 66, a downstream company with midstream and chemical businesses spun-off from ConocoPhillips in 2012.
The complex is capable of refining 100,000 barrels (16,000 m3) of crude oil per day.
30 Muir Rd
Martinez, CA 94553
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