Hazmat team controls spill near Chevron Refinery in Richmond

FILE - In this March 9, 2010 file photo, a tanker truck passes the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Calif. The Federal Reserve on Monday, June 15, 2015 said a decline in refining oil caused U.S. factory output to slip in May 2015, overshadowing solid gains by automakers. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

RICHMOND (KRON) — A possible hazardous materials spill in the water near the Chevron Refinery in Richmond has been contained, according to Chevron officials.

The spill was “quickly boomed by our emergency response team,” according to a statement from Chevron.

“This morning around 6:30 a.m., a soot-like material was identified in the water between a berthed ship and our long wharf,” Chevron officials said in a written statement.

“The material is contained and we are investigating the source.”

Chevron officials did not say how much of the material was spilled or what they think it is.

However, officials did say there was no public health threat.

Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia first reported the spill of a “black solid substance” via Twitter at about 9:20 a.m.

Chevron officials initially released the following statement:

This morning around 6:30 am, a soot-like material was identified in the water between a berthed ship and our long—wharf.  The ship and wharf were quickly boomed by our emergency response team and agency notifications have been made. The material is contained and we are investigating the source. Operating safely and responsibly is at the core of everything we do at the Richmond Refinery.”

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