Baykeeper Updates Related to Oil Spills

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...
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...

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