Victory! Benicia Rejects Crude Oil Rail Expansion Near the Bay

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 would have dramatically increased the number of tank cars filled with crude oil traveling on tracks near San Francisco Bay.

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Vote for the Bay--Yes on Prop 67, the plastic bag ban

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 Francisco Bay and the oceans, they kill wildlife. Animals get entangled in the bags and drown, or eat them and starve.

Oakland Bans Coal Exports that Threaten the Bay

The Oakland City Council has taken its final vote to approve an ordinance that bans coal from being handled and stored in the City of Oakland, including through a new bulk shipping terminal proposing to export millions of tons of coal. Baykeeper has been strongly advocating for Oakland city leaders to reject the proposed coal export project because it will contaminate the Bay and local communities with dangerous coal pollution.

City of San José and Baykeeper Reach Agreement to Reduce Pollution in SF Bay

San José will lead Bay Area in reducing trash and investing in green infrastructure
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Sejal Choksi-Chugh, Executive Director, sejal@baykeeper.org, 510-735-9700 x107

Oakland and San José, Calif. - Today, San Francisco Baykeeper and the City of San José announced a legal agreement to make the Bay Area’s largest city a greener one. As part of the agreement, San José has committed to make significant future environmental investments by implementing more stormwater capture projects, also known as “green infrastructure.” The anticipated long-term benefits include a reduction in pollutants entering creeks, recharging of groundwater supplies, and beautification of the city landscape -- ultimately enhancing the quality of life for San José residents.

What’s Better for the Bay: Wetlands or Private Resort?

After the owner of 39-acre Point Buckler Island, located in Suisun Bay, filled the island’s wetlands and tidal marshes without proper permits, authorities levied a fine of $4.6 million and ordered him to restore the island’s important wetland ecosystem. In recent media coverage, the landowner attempted to downplay the harm his actions have caused, painting the penalties as an example of government regulators run amok.  

Berkeley Trash & Recycling Center Agrees to Protect the Bay from Toxic Runoff

The City of Berkeley Transfer Station and Recycling Center recently agreed to keep contaminated rainwater from running off its site and into storm drains that empty into San Francisco Bay.

Facilities like the City of Berkeley Transfer Station and Recycling Center are critical to reducing waste in landfills. The facility’s agreement with Baykeeper will ensure that it can fulfill its valuable role without contaminating the Bay.

Victory for the Bay: Measure AA Passes

In a victory for San Francisco Bay, Measure AA received 69% of the vote in the nine-county Bay Area, putting it over the 2/3 majority it needed to pass.

“Baykeeper is proud to be part of this win for our region’s most precious natural resource,” said Sejal Choksi-Chugh, Baykeeper Executive Director. “This is a time to celebrate, because the Bay Area has come together to support a healthier and more resilient San Francisco Bay for future generations.”

Measure AA will provide funds to:

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