Blog Post: May 9, 2012
The owner and operator of the Dubai Star, a tanker that spilled 422 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay in 2009, will pay $1.96 million to settle violations of state clean water laws. The payment will be used primarily to restore wildlife habitat and enhance public recreation in the East Bay.Oil spilled on October 30, 2009—sticky, black bunker fuel—coated 10 miles of Alameda County beaches. Crown Beach had to be closed for 25 days. The state Department of Fish and Game estimates that the spill killed 186 birds, including brown pelicans, American coots and shorebirds.
BK In The News: Feb 14, 2012
It was one of the worst ecological disasters in San Francisco Bay history. The Cosco Busan hit the Bay Bridge, sending 53,000 gallons of thick oil into the water. Now, for the first time, the I-Team lets you listen in as it unfolds, in an investigation you'll see Only On 7.
Blog Post: Feb 14, 2012
The riskiest part of the cleanup of oil spilled from a tugboat in the Richmond harbor has succeeded. The World War II-era Tiger tugboat sank in on December 11, and oil from leaky fuel tanks began seeping out. Baykeeper has been closely monitoring the process of cleaning up this potential oil spill threat to the Bay and nearby Brooks Island's bird habitat.The Tiger has now been raised back up and righted. On February 4, a mixture of water and oil was removed from its interior. The tug no longer leaks oil, and spilled oil has been cleaned up.
Blog Post: Jan 6, 2012
Baykeeper received a briefing from the Coast Guard on the current status of the oil spill caused by a sunken tug boat in Richmond's Inner Harbor last month. We're pleased to report that oil is no longer actively seeping from the tug, and efforts are underway to remove the remaining fuel oil from the boat. However, the salvage process will be risky, and the threat of a larger spill will remain until all the oil has been removed from the vessel.
Blog Post: Dec 14, 2011
On Sunday, December 11, a WWII-era tugboat with as much as 52,000 gallons of fuel oil on board sank into Richmond's Inner Harbor. Oil was soon observed leaking into surrounding waters.The day prior, approximately 1,290 gallons of diesel fuel escaped from UC Berkeley's Stanley Hall into the storm drain system leading to Strawberry Creek, which drains into San Francisco Bay near Berkeley Marina.
Press Release: Oct 9, 2011
Sacramento, CA – Finally, the California Office of Spill Prevention and Response – part of the Department of Fish and Game – is set to get an increase in funding from oil companies doing business in the state. AB 1112 was signed by Governor Brown October 8.
Blog Post: Oct 9, 2011
Governor Brown has signed Baykeeper's AB 1112 to provide much-needed funding for oil spill prevention and response measures in California. The budget for California's Office of Spill Prevention and Response was set for huge cuts because oil companies were fighting a modest increase in fees to fund the program. The bill will raise the fee 1.5 cents on a barrel of oil and fund protections for the Bay and coastlines statewide.
Blog Post: Oct 5, 2011
Gulf Coast Waterkeepers have released a new "State of the Gulf" report with updates on the current health of the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding shorelines, eighteen months after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and began the months-long BP oil disaster. The report lays out seven key findings and includes the results of the Environmental Monitoring Project conducted by Save Our Gulf, a coalition of the seven Gulf Coast Waterkeepers.
BK In The News: Sep 23, 2011
Nearly four years after the Cosco Busan, a container ship, clipped the Bay Bridge and dumped 53,000 gallons of toxic fuel into San Francisco Bay, the ship's owners and operators agreed to pay a combined $44 million to compensate for the damage the spill caused.
BK In The News: Sep 20, 2011
The shipping companies responsible for the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill, which polluted San Francisco Bay and killed thousands of birds and fish, have agreed to pay $44.4 million to restore habitat and reimburse the agencies that responded to the disaster, state and federal officials announced Monday.