Baykeeper Updates Related to Oil Spills

Blog Post: December 10, 2015
An oil storage and transfer facility proposed for Pittsburg that could have polluted San Francisco Bay won’t be opened. In a victory for the Bay and local communities, the facility developer, WesPac Energy, recently called off the project. Baykeeper opposed the crude oil facility because it would...
Blog Post: November 13, 2015
Baykeeper recently urged Benicia city leaders to block Valero Energy Corporation’s plan to enlarge the train yard at its Benicia refinery. If Valero gets its way, two 50-car trains per day would carry dirty and explosive crude oil on tracks beside Suisun Bay, a San Francisco Bay inlet and important...
Blog Post: November 10, 2015
Across the nation, more trains are hauling tank cars full of crude oil over rail bridges that are deteriorating and unsafe. That’s the finding of a first-of-its-kind investigative report by the Waterkeeper Alliance, San Francisco Baykeeper’s international alliance of Waterkeeper organizations, and...
Blog Post: October 9, 2015
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed three bills that will help protect San Francisco Bay and all California coastal waters from oil spills. Baykeeper advocated for all three bills, joining with California Coastkeeper Alliance, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Environmental Defense Center, and many...
Blog Post: September 16, 2015
The toxic “mystery goo” that was spilled into San Francisco Bay in January, harming hundreds of birds, has finally been identified. State government scientists say it’s a polymerized oil similar to vegetable oil. But the identification of the substance yields no clues about where the spill came...
Blog Post: July 13, 2015
A federal judge recently dismissed a railroad industry lawsuit against new requirements that railroads be prepared to clean up oil spills from train accidents in California. The railroads were seeking to stop a California law passed last year, known as the Statewide Oil Spill Prevention and...
Blog Post: June 24, 2015
State legislation sponsored by Baykeeper, a bill that would have protected wildlife and San Francisco Bay waters from the impacts of toxic chemical spills, was recently killed by budget-cutting legislators. Senate Bill 718 was inspired by the January release of a mysterious sticky gray substance...
BK In The News: May 21, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – As the cleanup of a massive oil spill near Santa Barbara continues, crews are making use of some lessons learned after a big spill in San Francisco Bay several years ago. According to Sejal Choksi-Chugh of Baykeeper, “The spill in Santa Barbara is definitely a wakeup call...
Blog Post: May 20, 2015
The May 19 spill of 21,000 gallons of oil into the Santa Barbara Channel shows how vulnerable California waters are, and how much San Francisco Bay needs strong protection from oil spills. Our sister organization, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, is out on the water investigating the extent and impacts...
Blog Post: April 28, 2015
Local oil refineries plan to bring more crude oil from the Canadian tar sands into the Bay Area by ship, raising the risk of spills of this heavy, dirty oil into San Francisco Bay. “This is heavy oil. It sinks. If it’s spilled from a ship, it’s going to instantaneously cover the bottom of the Bay...

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