Baykeeper Updates Related to Oil Spills

BK In The News: March 23, 2015
Two California senators, angered by the tepid reaction to a mystery goo that has killed hundreds of birds on San Francisco Bay, are introducing legislation Monday to close a loophole that effectively froze state funding and prevented a unified multiagency response to the crisis. . . “When a spill...
Monthly Column: March 2, 2015
Recently, San Francisco Baykeeper responded to four separate oil spills into San Francisco Bay. In only one did the responsible party take action to help with the cleanup. First, over the course of several days in mid-January, a sticky toxic substance coated and killed hundreds of ducks and...
BK In The News: February 19, 2015
Finally solving a mystery that increased the risk of oil spills in San Francisco Bay for the past five months, Caltrans has fixed a broken radar beacon on the Bay Bridge that alerts oil tankers and other large ships to the midpoint between bridge towers. . . "A major oil spill would be devastating...
BK In The News: February 13, 2015
Lab tests conducted by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response have concluded that Coast Guard vessels in the Oakland Estuary were not the cause of what officials are calling a “mystery sheen” of diesel fuel that appeared near Alameda Marina late Tuesday...
Blog Post: February 11, 2015
Baykeeper is monitoring two fuel spills in the Bay today: One is a diesel fuel spill near Alameda Marina that happened overnight, and the source and size are still unknown. The Coast Guard is responding. Oiled birds have been sighted. To report oiled bird sightings, call 877-UCD-OWCN (877-823-6926...
BK In The News: January 31, 2015
It has been more than two years since an empty oil tanker collided with a tower of the Bay Bridge in heavy fog. Coast Guard investigators blamed the accident in part on a broken broken radar beacon on the bridge. That piece of safety equipment was found to be broken again during a monthly...
BK In The News: January 30, 2015
Two years after a 752-foot-long oil tanker collided in heavy fog with the Bay Bridge -- an accident Coast Guard investigators blamed in part on a broken radar beacon on the bridge -- one of the bridge's three beacons is broken again. The beacon, which alerts sailors to the midpoint between bridge...
Press Release: December 8, 2014
San Francisco — Today, San Francisco Baykeeper and a coalition of concerned citizen groups, sportfishermen, and environmental organizations joined with the State of California in a lawsuit to defend the state’s oil spill response planning and financial responsibility requirements against a...
Featured Stories: November 12, 2014
In November 2007, the enormous Cosco Busan container ship hit the Bay Bridge, spilling 53,000 gallons of oily fuel into the Bay. The first reported estimate of the spill was only 140 gallons, and the failure to accurately evaluate and quickly communicate the scale of the oil spill allowed it to...
Press Release: October 8, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Board of Supervisors yesterday passed a resolution supporting and encouraging the Department of the Environment and the Port of San Francisco in developing a policy to bar the transportation and export of hazardous fossil fuel materials in San Francisco. Supervisors Malia...

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