Baykeeper Updates Related to Oil Spills

BK In The News: April 28, 2015
A new kind of cargo is heading into the Bay Area by ship, called tar sands crude, the dirtiest crude on the planet. "This is a product that sinks. Its very heavy,” said Sejal Choksi-Chugh, Baykeeper Interim Executive Director. “If it spills, it’s going to instantaneously cover the bottom of the Bay...
BK In The News: March 25, 2015
International Bird Rescue in Fairfield says the State of California will not reimburse them for the money they spent cleaning up hundreds of birds injured during the recent “mystery goo” spill in the Bay. . . . On Monday, State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, announced legislation sponsosred by...
BK In The News: March 24, 2015
When 500 seabirds covered in a mystery goo turned up along the bay shoreline in January, there was no state coordinated response, leaving nonprofit groups to scramble to save what birds they could -- and foot the bill to rescue and care for the animals. California has a sophisticated plan to...
Blog Post: March 23, 2015
Baykeeper is sponsoring state legislation that would protect wildlife and San Francisco Bay waters if a toxic non-petroleum substance is spilled or dumped into the Bay. Senate Bill 718, introduced by Senators Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, was inspired by the January...
Press Release: March 23, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO – Senator Mark Leno is teaming up with environmental protection advocates today to announce legislation that would protect wildlife in the event of a marine spill involving a non-petroleum based substance. The legislation was inspired by the recent discovery of a mysterious sticky...
BK In The News: March 23, 2015
Two California senators, angered by the tepid reaction to a mystery goo that has killed hundreds of birds on San Francisco Bay, are introducing legislation Monday to close a loophole that effectively froze state funding and prevented a unified multiagency response to the crisis. . . “When a spill...
Monthly Column: March 2, 2015
Recently, San Francisco Baykeeper responded to four separate oil spills into San Francisco Bay. In only one did the responsible party take action to help with the cleanup. First, over the course of several days in mid-January, a sticky toxic substance coated and killed hundreds of ducks and...
BK In The News: February 19, 2015
Finally solving a mystery that increased the risk of oil spills in San Francisco Bay for the past five months, Caltrans has fixed a broken radar beacon on the Bay Bridge that alerts oil tankers and other large ships to the midpoint between bridge towers. . . "A major oil spill would be devastating...
BK In The News: February 13, 2015
Lab tests conducted by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response have concluded that Coast Guard vessels in the Oakland Estuary were not the cause of what officials are calling a “mystery sheen” of diesel fuel that appeared near Alameda Marina late Tuesday...
Blog Post: February 11, 2015
Baykeeper is monitoring two fuel spills in the Bay today: One is a diesel fuel spill near Alameda Marina that happened overnight, and the source and size are still unknown. The Coast Guard is responding. Oiled birds have been sighted. To report oiled bird sightings, call 877-UCD-OWCN (877-823-6926...

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