Fire Department Monitoring “Coke Fires” Coming From Valero Refinery

March 14, 2019 11:33 am · 4 comments

The Valero Benicia Refinery notified the Benicia Fire Department Monday that a maintenance issue caused “coke fires” to be released from the facility’s stacks, Benicia Fire Department Chief Josh Chadwick said.

The coke fires are a byproduct of the oil refining process that is comprised of pure carbon and small particles, and water vapors coming out of the stacks dissipate them in the air, Chadwick said.

The maintenance issue caused the coke fires to enter the process system and are being released from the stacks, making the release appear opague, Chadwick said.

The maintenance issue was resolved, but the coke fires in the system will continue to be released through the stacks until the system clears all the fires, according to Chadwick.

The Benicia Fire Department, Solano County Environmental Health and Bay Area Air Quality Management District are monitoring the release, Chadwick said.

martinezmike March 14, 2019 at 11:38 AM

“No Coke, Pepsi!”

JG27 AD March 14, 2019 at 11:42 AM

You probably mean “Coke Fines”.


Steve March 14, 2019 at 1:42 PM

“Coke Fines”…
You might want to correct the post!

Shasta Daisy March 14, 2019 at 5:14 PM

*fines not fires


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