Residents near refinery fire heckle Chevron execs

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Associated Press

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 8 at 2:01 AM

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of residents at a community meeting booed and shouted at officials from Chevron and the San Francisco Bay-area town where a refinery fire blanketed the region in acrid smoke a day ago.

Residents at the Tuesday night meeting heckled the general manager of the Richmond refinery as he said he had the "utmost respect for this community."

Nigel Hearne says he "wanted to get to the root of the incident."

Emotions ran high at the meeting, which ended with police officers lining the stage as speakers left.

The Monday fire sent residents scrambling indoors and hundreds flooded hospitals with health complaints. Richmond officials and residents say Chevron was too slow to notify the public about the fire.

The refinery has been the target of complaints and lawsuits by residents.

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