Blog Post: Sep 14, 2011
Please contact Governor Brown today and ask him to sign three important pieces of legislation that will have major impacts on California's environment and public health.AB 1112 (Jared Huffman-D, San Rafael) would provide funding for oil spill prevention and response in California. The bill will raise the fee 1.5 cents on a barrel of oil and fund protections for the Bay and coastlines statewide.
Press Release: Sep 8, 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 now awaits Governor Brown's signature if it is to become law.
Blog Post: Sep 2, 2011
California lawmakers are expected to vote soon on a bill sponsored by San Francisco Baykeeper to fund oil spill prevention and response. Read recent news coverage here. We'll keep you updated on the results of the vote.Read the San Jose Mercury News' recently published editorial, "Senators need to stand up for California's oil spill prevention program."
BK In The News: Sep 2, 2011
The fight over whether to maintain California's oil-spill response and prevention program is a classic Sacramento showdown pitting Big Oil against public safety and the environment.
Blog Post: May 23, 2011
Update: The Coast Guard has identified a risk of more fuel escaping from the barge. They plan to pump the fuel off of the barge today.An abandoned barge stranded in Alviso Slough since at least 2007 has begun leaking fuel or lube oil near the sensitive marsh lands of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. A passing kayaker noticed a sheen on the water this morning and reported it to the Coast Guard, which responded along with the California Office of Spill Prevention and Response (Baykeeper sits on the Technical Advisory Council of the OSPR).
Blog Post: Mar 23, 2011
Baykeeper has received word that there has been a small oil spill near the Richmond Long Wharf, the main pier for the Chevron Refinery. Chevron estimates the spill is approximately half a barrel (21 gallons) and is fully contained. The Marine Spill Response Corporation is now responding to the scene.The spill is located close to Brooks Island and marshlands, and Baykeeper is keeping a close eye on the developments. We'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
BK In The News: Feb 16, 2011
The captain of a sinking barge used some quick thinking to avoid what could have been an environmental mess. The barge was intentionally beached near the St. Francis Yacht Club after it started taking on water and of the 3,800 gallons of oil on the barge, only one gallon was spilled into the Bay.
Blog Post: Feb 3, 2011
Executive Director and Baykeeper Deb Self is participating in an oil spill preparedness training in the Oakland Middle Harbor today.She reports:
Blog Post: Jan 6, 2011
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that 120 Bay Area commercial fishermen will receive $3.6 million in a settlement with the companies that owned and operated the Cosco Busan container ship that spilled 53,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay. The 2007 spill harmed many local fish populations, and the Bay's herring fishery has yet to recover.
BK In The News: Aug 15, 2010
Leaders of San Francisco Bay's fishing fleet say they're both perplexed and frustrated with state and federal oil spill authorities.