Baykeeper Updates Related to Oil Spills

Blog Post: August 8, 2017
A barge and crane that sank in San Francisco Bay during a violent storm in April has been removed from the Bay.   In July, divers cut the barge into three pieces and a salvage company used a giant crane to bring the pieces up. The photo above (from July 13) shows two of the three pieces of the...
BK In The News: July 28, 2017
VALLEJO (KPIX 5) — The Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo wants to double the number of tankers that deliver crude to be refined, but concerns about the environment have prompted opposition from residents in the city of Vallejo.... Erica Maharg, managing attorney for the environmental protection group...
BK In The News: July 27, 2017
Phillips 66 wants to more than double the number of oil tankers that travel through San Francisco Bay to unload crude at its refinery in Rodeo... It “poses an incredible new risk of oil spills to San Francisco Bay,” Sejal Choksi-Chugh, executive director for Baykeeper, said in an interview. “We’re...
Blog Post: July 18, 2017
Phillips 66 wants to increase the number of tanker ships bringing crude oil, including heavy tar sands oil, to its refinery in Rodeo—from 59 to 135 tankers per year. The refinery is located on the San Francisco Bay shoreline, and more tanker ships will mean a bigger risk of oil spills in the Bay....
Blog Post: May 18, 2017
San Francisco Baykeeper is sponsoring a state bill to protect San Francisco Bay from tar sands oil spills. The bill, SB 709, would protect California waterways from spills of tar sands oil and other “non-floating” oils that are particularly difficult to clean up. Currently, oil spill cleanup...
Blog Post: April 13, 2017
On Friday, April 7, a barge carrying 4,000 gallons of diesel and 300 gallons of oil sank in San Francisco Bay and began leaking fuel. The barge, which is named “Vengeance” and owned by Vortex Marine Construction, Inc., was stationed near Yerba Buena Island for BART tube maintenance, and likely...
BK In The News: March 9, 2017
Facing pressure from state legislators, Vallejo residents and environmentalists, local air regulators are reversing course and now say they are still trying to figure out what caused an unbearable odor that sickened scores of Vallejo residents and prompted a shelter-in-place order last September...
Press Release: March 3, 2017
Sacramento -- Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced a bill to protect California’s waterways from dangerous spills of tar sands oil. California has laws to prevent and prepare for “conventional” oil spills that can be cleaned up from the surface of the water. These laws do not take...
Monthly Column: November 1, 2016
More long freight trains of tank cars full of crude oil, chugging along San Francisco Bay’s shore and rumbling through our communities. That’s the oil industry’s vision for the Bay Area.   Baykeeper, along with partner environmental groups and concerned Bay Area residents, has a different vision....
BK In The News: October 21, 2016
“Whether or not the oil spill that took place during oil transfer operations at Phillips 66 was the fault of refinery staff or the shipping company hired to transport its oil is irrelevant,” said Ian Wren, a staff scientist at Baykeeper, an organization that works to stop pollution in San Francisco...

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