Baykeeper Updates Related to Oil Spills

Featured Stories: April 15, 2021
This past February, I was in the middle of a Zoom meeting when my cell phone started buzzing. Texts were coming in from Richmond residents alerting us to an oil spill near Chevron’s tanker wharf. I quickly wrapped things up and called our field investigator—and happily discovered he was already on...
BK In The News: March 30, 2021
The morning after a quarter-inch hole in a pipeline owned by Chevron leaked petroleum fluids into the San Francisco Bay on February 9, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt struck an optimistic tone about the incident at the oil giant’s refinery. “I think in the big picture it’s going to be OK,” Butt told one...
BK In The News: March 23, 2021
Oil spills in San Francisco Bay are frequent news, but for those old enough to remember there is only one Great Oil Spill, the disaster of January 18, 1971. In a predawn darkness thickened by heavy fog, two small Chevron tankers were maneuvering through the strait. At San Francisco’s Pier 45, Coast...
BK In The News: March 17, 2021
On the afternoon of February 9, 2021, the San Francisco Bay near Point Richmond, California, was contaminated with between 500-750 gallons of diesel and water from a ¼” pipe leak of Chevron’s oil transportation infrastructure over the course of 2 hours. While there remain no reports of injury to...
BK In The News: March 3, 2021
It could take as long as six months before people in Richmond know what caused a Chevron pipeline to leak hundreds of gallons of a diesel product into San Francisco Bay in February. An independent firm will investigate what caused a quarter-inch hole to open in the line, allowing 500 to 750...
BK In The News: February 25, 2021
On Feb. 9, an oil spill at the Chevron refinery in Richmond released approximately 600 gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay. The oil spilled for at least two hours before it was stopped and a single containment boom was deployed to initiate clean-up. Many Richmond residents say that response...
Blog Post: February 24, 2021
Two weeks ago, an oil pipeline at the Chevron refinery in Richmond leaked, spilling more than 700 gallons of diesel mixture into the Bay. Authorities closed nearby Keller Beach and issued a public health advisory for toxic fumes and contaminated water. "The whole area smells like a gas station,”...
BK In The News: February 24, 2021
Richmond residents deserve more answers from Chevron and public agencies about an oil spill earlier this month and the community needs to discuss a future without the oil giant's refinery operating there... Ben Eichenberg, staff attorney for the environmental nonprofit San Francisco Baykeeper, said...
BK In The News: February 23, 2021
The cleanup of an oil leak two weeks ago at the Richmond Chevron refinery has been completed, authorities said Tuesday, but questions remain from residents and environmentalists about what caused the leak... Neighbors reported smelling gas before that, according to San Francisco Baykeeper attorney...
BK In The News: February 23, 2021
On a Zoom call with environmental and community advocacy groups, Richmond City Councilman Eduardo Martinez called the spill “another accident that could have been prevented”... Ben Eichenberg, staff attorney for the environmental nonprofit San Francisco Baykeeper, said the containment boom Chevron...

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