Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for June 18, 2008

The Continued Threat of Oil in the Bay

Yesterday morning, Baykeeper began receiving reports of an oil slick off the southwest coast of Alameda. We immediately notified the Department of Fish and Game. Tar balls were then spotted on Alameda's Crown Memorial State Beach -- near sensitive salt marsh habitat -- and yesterday afternoon the Coast Guard closed the beach for cleaning. Similar reports of oil contamination have come in from other locations around the Bay in the last few days.

This oil may be a remnant of the disastrous Cosco Busan oil spill last November that dumped more than 50,000 gallons of bunker fuel in the Bay and went uncontained for several days due to lack of coordination by response agencies. That spill and others around the Bay continue to contaminate our water and shorelines.

Baykeeper is working to prevent oil spills in the Bay by reforming the policy that governs oil spill prevention and response. Today's San Francisco Chronicle features an opinion piece by Sejal Choksi, the Baykeeper, about the package of oil spill reform bills currently in the State Legislature. To read the full piece -- including our response to the Governor's recent endorsement of certain bills -- click here.

Please join us in the fight to keep the Bay safe from the threat of future oil spills. You can help prevent pollution in the Bay by making a donation to Baykeeper. Your support provides much-needed funds for our work.

You can also contribute to our efforts by attending our upcoming benefit screening of Grand Canyon Adventure, an exciting 3D IMAX movie about protecting our nation's waterways. Click here to purchase your tickets.