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More environmental trouble for Chevron as ARB fines it for GHG violations

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced Monday that it has fined three companies nearly $1 million for late or inaccurate reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 2011. One of those companies was local oil giant Chevron, which operates several crude oil and natural gas production facilities in Bakersfield and the San Joaquin Valley. Additionally, Chevron's El Segundo refinery was penalized for similar violations.

It was the second time that ARB has issued fines for violations of California’s Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting regulation.

Chevron's San Joaquin Valley operations were fined $328,500 for GHG emissions reporting that was late or incorrect for 219 days. Its El Segundo refinery was fined $364,500 for reporting incorrect information that remained uncorrected for 243 days.

The third company involved was Southwest Gas Corporation of Las Vegas, NV. Its report dealing with natural gas supplied to California was 320 days late. ARB fined it $300,000.

“Most California businesses are working hard to comply with new rules aimed at climate change. Unfortunately, due to mistakes or inattention some companies failed to meet the standards,” said ARB’s manager of climate programs, Steven Cliff, PhD.

ARB said that all three companies brought the missing reports to its attention, that these were the first GHG reporting violations, and that they were inadvertent. Nevertheless, these were the largest monetary penalties ever issued by ARB for these types of violations.