Assemblymember Grayson Releases Statement on Valero Refinery Power Outage and Flare

Friday, May 5, 2017

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Tim Grayson (D – Concord) released the following statement after this morning’s incident at Valero’s refinery in Benicia:


“This morning the Valero refinery in Benicia experienced a power outage, which made it necessary to vent gas from one of their facilities. Residents in the area reported seeing a plume of black smoke coming from the refinery, and many reported the incident to public safety officials.

“My highest priority is the safety of my constituents and I have engaged with PG&E, Valero and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to ensure that there is no danger to residents in the area. I will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds.”

If you see or smell anything unusual you should report it to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District using their 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-800-334-ODOR (6367) or use their online form HERE.

Tim Grayson represents the 14th Assembly District that includes the communities of Benicia, Concord, Clayton, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Vallejo, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek. For more information please visit the Assemblymember’s website,