RICHMOND -- Chevron has agreed to pay $2.85 million for the restoration of 200-plus acres of San Francisco Bay wetlands as part of a settlement over contamination from its refinery. Stephen Edinger of the California Department of Fish and Game said the restoration of wetlands is important because less than 10 percent of the Bay's historic tidal marshes exist today.
Funds from the settlement will help restore 30 to 45 acres of tidal habitat in north Richmond and another section of affected shoreline in the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The environmental injury case stems from the Chevron refinery's long-term wastewater discharges which contaminated soil in Castro Cove. The discharges ended in 1987. A statement released by Chevron late Friday said the company had worked "cooperatively" to reach the settlement.