Latest Baykeeper News and Information

BK In The News: October 11, 2016
“The plastic bag industry’s arguments don’t make a lot of sense,” says Sejal Choksi-Chugh, executive director of San Francisco Baykeeper, one of the many organizations that have come out strongly in favor of Proposition 67. “A single-use plastic bag that takes about 1,000 years to degrade into...
Monthly Column: October 3, 2016
After more than 20 years as an environmental advocate, I shouldn’t be surprised by industry shenanigans, but I still am. Case in point: On November 8, California voters will have the chance to vote on a ballot measure, Proposition 67, to ban single-use plastic bags. Most people know that plastic...
BK In The News: October 3, 2016
A policy rider in an appropriations bill in Congress to end permit requirements to spray pesticides on waters to control mosquitoes, is drawing the ire of nearly 150 environmental groups, including SF Baykeeper.
Blog Post: September 30, 2016
In Baykeeper’s latest victory to clean up toxic industrial pollution, Pinole Rodeo Auto Wreckers has agreed to prevent contaminated rainwater from running off its site into San Francisco Bay. Baykeeper sued the company under the Clean Water Act after the company’s own reports showed that during...
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...

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