Latest Baykeeper News and Information

Blog Post: September 30, 2016
In response to pressure from Baykeeper, our partner environmental organizations, and local residents, Benicia’s City Council voted unanimously on September 20th to reject Valero Energy Corporation’s proposal to expand the rail yard at its Benicia refinery. An expansion of the refinery’s rail yard...
Blog Post: September 29, 2016
Last week, two mysterious oily sheens appeared in San Pablo Bay, the northern area of San Francisco Bay. One was around 40 feet wide and a mile long, large enough to cause ferry operators to temporarily halt service. The other surrounded an oil tanker docked at the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo....
BK In The News: September 26, 2016
Environmentalists are heading warily into the fall following two regulatory developments that they fear may cramp efforts to protect California’s wetlands. . . Baykeeper Managing Attorney Erica Maharg said, "Wetlands are vitally important to the health of nearby surface waters and it is extremely...
BK In The News: September 22, 2016
Two large oil sheens on San Pablo Bay Wednesday morning, after a mysterious odor prompted shelter-in-place orders in Vallejo Tuesday night, appear to have come from a Phillips refinery tanker in Rodeo, authorities said. Coast Guard crews earlier laid down a thousand-foot boom to contain oil...
BK In The News: September 22, 2016
The Coast Guard Wednesday night has confirmed the oil sheens in San Pablo Bay. One is a mile long and the other is surrounding an oil tanker at the Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo. Ian Wren of Baykeeper says, "There's a lot of sensitive wetland communities in that area. We want to make sure the areas...
E News: September 14, 2016
*/ Monthly Update for September 2016 Pitch in for Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday! More progress to prevent coal pollution in the Bay Vote for the Bay—Yes on Prop 67, the plastic bag ban Baykeeper says no to building condos and offices on South Bay wetlands This weekend: Battle of the Bay...
Blog Post: September 13, 2016
In the upcoming elections on November 8, Baykeeper recommends a yes vote on California Proposition 67, the statewide plastic bag ban. If Prop 67 passes, groceries, pharmacies, and other retail stores in California won’t be allowed to provide single-use plastic bags. When plastic bags wash into San...
Blog Post: September 12, 2016
Baykeeper recently took new action in a long-running fight to prevent development on 1,365 acres of former south San Francisco Bay wetlands. The area, used for decades to manufacture salt, is known as the Cargill salt ponds. Cargill, Inc. and a developer, DMB Redwood City Saltworks, are trying to...
Monthly Column: September 6, 2016
A plastic takeout cup dropped on a Napa street, a food wrapper tossed outside the Giants’ ballpark, cigarette butts stubbed out in an Oakland park—it’s all likely to end up in San Francisco Bay. Trash in the water mars the Bay’s beauty. It poses a hazard for swimmers and surfers. And for wildlife,...
Featured Stories: August 31, 2016
In a breakthrough victory to protect San Francisco Bay from polluted runoff, Baykeeper secured a legally binding agreement requiring the city of San Jose to keep trash, sewage, and other pollution out of San Francisco Bay.   This is major progress and far beyond what San Jose was doing. In fact, it...

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