Baykeeper Updates Related to Oil Spills

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...
Press Release: July 17, 2014
(San Francisco, CA) With the number of freight trains carrying crude oil skyrocketing in California, a new state law will provide the state’s rivers, lakes, and creeks with protection from oil spills previously given only to the state’s coastal waters. The expanded protection is especially critical...
Monthly Column: July 1, 2014
What happens when the engines of a large ship in San Francisco Bay suddenly lose power?  The pilot loses the ability to steer the ship or stop it from drifting. A dramatic rise in such incidents began in 2009, when a California law to help reduce global climate change went into effect. Ships are...
Blog Post: June 18, 2014
Baykeeper advocated in support of a resolution unanimously passed on June 17 by the Oakland City Council to oppose rail shipments of hazardous crude oil, coal, and petroleum coke (a toxic by-product of oil refining) through Oakland. Fossil fuel industries are pushing hard to expand the export of...
BK In The News: May 22, 2014
Baykeeper Executive Director was on board with the Coast Guard as they practiced rescuing a stalled large container ship in San Francisco Bay. If a container ship were to lose power in the Bay, it would be in danger of drifting into a bridge or the coastline.
Blog Post: January 22, 2014
The office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris recently raised concerns about environmental damage to San Francisco Bay and shoreline communities that could result from a proposed expansion of a Pittsburg oil transfer and storage facility. The Attorney General’s office responded to the...
Monthly Column: January 2, 2014
The oil industry has big plans for expansion along San Francisco Bay’s shore. If the region’s refineries get their way, millions more barrels of crude oil will be brought to the Bay Area for processing and export to other states and nations. The number of tankers on the Bay will go way up,...
Blog Post: December 11, 2013
Join Baykeeper in Pittsburg this Saturday, December 14, for a Toxic Tour aboard Baykeeper’s pollution patrol boat, highlighting the threat of oil industry plans to expand oil refineries on San Francisco Bay. We’ll explore nearby areas that will be under threat from oil spills and other toxic...

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