Baykeeper Updates Related to Oil Spills

BK In The News: January 30, 2015
Two years after a 752-foot-long oil tanker collided in heavy fog with the Bay Bridge -- an accident Coast Guard investigators blamed in part on a broken radar beacon on the bridge -- one of the bridge's three beacons is broken again. The beacon, which alerts sailors to the midpoint between bridge...
Press Release: December 8, 2014
San Francisco — Today, San Francisco Baykeeper and a coalition of concerned citizen groups, sportfishermen, and environmental organizations joined with the State of California in a lawsuit to defend the state’s oil spill response planning and financial responsibility requirements against a...
Featured Stories: November 12, 2014
In November 2007, the enormous Cosco Busan container ship hit the Bay Bridge, spilling 53,000 gallons of oily fuel into the Bay. The first reported estimate of the spill was only 140 gallons, and the failure to accurately evaluate and quickly communicate the scale of the oil spill allowed it to...
Press Release: October 8, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Board of Supervisors yesterday passed a resolution supporting and encouraging the Department of the Environment and the Port of San Francisco in developing a policy to bar the transportation and export of hazardous fossil fuel materials in San Francisco. Supervisors Malia...
Blog Post: October 6, 2014
Baykeeper recently joined with Waterkeeper organizations across the country to urge federal regulators to tighten lax regulations on crude oil shipped by rail. The amount of crude oil shipped by rail in the US has skyrocketed in recent years due to the increase of oil production in North Dakota and...
Blog Post: October 6, 2014
On Saturday, September 20, as swimmers in the annual Dolphin Club Alcatraz Swim were heading into San Francisco’s Aquatic Park, an oil slick drifted across their path. Several swimmers were oiled and a historic rowing boat was left with a “bathtub ring” of oil. So were all of the historic boats at...
Monthly Column: October 1, 2014
Long freight trains, with tank cars full of crude oil, chugging daily along San Francisco Bay’s shore? That’s the oil industry’s plan—to expand the shipment of crude oil into the Bay Area by train. Shipping lots more crude oil here by rail would create a huge risk of oil being spilled into the Bay...
Blog Post: September 16, 2014
Baykeeper and more than 150 of our supporters recently stood up for San Francisco Bay and against Valero Energy Corporation’s plan to enlarge the rail yard at its Benicia oil refinery. If Valero gets its way, long trains of tank cars filled with explosion-prone crude oil will run beside Suisun Bay...
Blog Post: September 12, 2014
Valero Energy Corporation wants to enlarge the rail yard at its Benicia oil refinery to ship in more crude oil by tank car. If Valero gets its way, long trains filled with explosion-prone crude oil will run beside Suisun Bay, a San Francisco Bay inlet and important wildlife habitat area. Oil...
Blog Post: July 17, 2014
In a major victory for protecting California waterways from oil spills, a new state law will provide the state’s rivers, lakes, and creeks with oil spill protections previously given only to the state’s coastal waters. The law also ensures continued funding for the California agency that rescues...

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