Friday, October 26, 2012

Chevron El Segundo Refinery Community Tour Day November 3, 2012

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to tour the Chevron refinery in El Segundo with the local MIT club.  The tour proved so popular, they had to add a second bus and put others on the wait list.  I was disappointed because they wouldn't let us off the bus.  However, no one is allowed off the bus at a refinery these days unless they have had extensive safety training.

On rare occasions, Chevron runs tours for the general public.  If you live near El Segundo, don't miss this Community Tour Day.   (I don't know how they define 'neighbor', but you must enter your city of residence on the reservation web form.)

Aren't you curious about the source of your gasoline, jet fuel and the terminus of that natural gas pipeline that runs through your neighborhood?

Kids are welcome, but younger kids may not get much out of the tour.  The guide for our Chevron tour said that it is suitable for high school and college students.  However, middle school children in the MIT club group seemed to understand the information just fine.

Make sure the kids use the restroom in the visitor center before embarking on the bus.   There is no bathroom on the bus and they won't let you off!   The public tours are 60-minutes.  (Our private group tour lasted nearly 2 hours and some kids got squirmy at the end.)

If the tour sells out or your city isn't on their 'neighbor' list, don't despair.  Talk to your children's science teacher about a school trip.  Your school group need only provide round trip transportation to the refinery and the rest is free.  Contact for available school tour group times.

Chevron El Segundo Refinery Community Tour Day

Tour Welcome

Saturday, November 3, 2012
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Chevron El Segundo Refinery
Administration Building
324 W. El Segundo Blvd.
El Segundo, CA 90245
The Chevron El Segundo Refinery will be offering free bus tours of the facility to our neighbors on Saturday, November 3, 2012. The 60-minute tours will leave from our Administration Building, and will be given completely via bus. Parking will be in the Chevron Lots located on the north side of El Segundo Blvd. between Richmond St. and Virginia St.
All adult participants will be asked to show a photo ID. All bags, backpacks and purses are subject to search. No photography of any kind, including photos taken with cell phones, are allowed during the bus tours.
Reservations are required and can be made at: The first tour will depart at 9 a.m. with subsequent tours leaving every 15 minutes.
Please direct questions to 310.615.3747 or
We look forward to seeing you on November 3!
Don't delay. The (free) tickets are selling out quickly.

We can discuss the tour later.  I am buried under EdX homework and birthday party plans.  Iris' Halloween costume is still a hot mess (my operator error, sigh).

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