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Richmond Chevron Spills Oil Into the Bay Again

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The view of the Richmond Chevron Refinery from Point Richmond in 2016.

Crews are working to clean up a 600-gallon petroleum spill in San Francisco Bay near the wharf at Chevron’s oil refinery in Richmond, authorities said Wednesday.

The spill was discovered at 3 p.m. Tuesday when a sheen was observed on the water, according to a statement from federal, state and local agencies and Chevron.

“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 reprocessing,” the statement said.

The unified command statement did not identify the specific product or the amount that spilled.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District said it was roughly 600 gallons (2,271 liters) of a petroleum and water mixture.

The unified command statement said 2,100 feet (640 meters) of containment boom was deployed around the spill site and three oil skimmers were working to remove the substance from the water.

No oil-covered animals had been observed but the public was urged to report any oiled wildlife they spot.

The spill response is being managed by Chevron, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Contra Costa Health Services and the U.S. Coast Guard.