California: "Too Few State Oil Refinery-Safety Checks"
"California regulators have not been conducting the intensive workplace-safety inspections of Chevron's Richmond plant and the state's 14 other oil refineries that federal standards call for, a Chronicle investigation shows."
"The limited checks that California inspectors have performed over the last decade have not led to a single fine collected from a major oil company, according to inspection records.
Those findings are backed up by a recently released federal audit of the state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which is charged with enforcing state and federal workplace-safety rules at California refineries. It found that the California agency had conducted "very few, if any" comprehensive inspections of oil and chemical plants under its authority."Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 09/07/2012