Baykeeper In The News

Articles and other news featuring Baykeeper's role in protecting the Bay
San Jose Mercury News | January 11, 2013 | Oil Spills
Three days after a 752-foot oil tanker sideswiped a tower of the Bay Bridge under foggy conditions, the top Coast Guard official in the Bay Area on Thursday called for a reconsideration of rules that allow large ships to sail in fog near the Bay Bridge. The request by Capt. Cynthia Stowe to the San Francisco Bay Harbor Safety Committee follows a...
San Jose Mercury News | January 9, 2013 | Oil Spills
After the cargo ship Cosco Busan sailed through heavy fog and hit a tower of the Bay Bridge five years ago, spilling 53,000 gallons of bunker fuel, the Coast Guard and shipping officials wrote new rules to limit large ships from sailing in risky areas of San Francisco Bay when visibility is less than a half mile. But they left out one key risk:...
NBC Bay Area | January 8, 2013 | Oil Spills
A nonprofit environmental group is seeking to close a loophole in best maritime practices, a day after an oil tanker nicked the base of the Bay Bridge. Deb Self, executive director of San Francisco Baykeeper, noted that the Bay Bridge is not on a list of nine "critical maneuvering areas," where industry standards advise that large vessels greater...
San Jose Mercury News | January 8, 2013 | Oil Spills
SAN FRANCISCO -- A 752-foot oil tanker sailing in the fog collided with a tower of the Bay Bridge on Monday morning, spilling no oil but raising alarming new questions about oil tanker safety in San Francisco Bay. The ship, the Overseas Reymar, based in the Marshall Islands, had unloaded its oil at the Shell refinery in Martinez only hours before...
San Francisco Chronicle | January 8, 2013 | Oil Spills
Emergency crews scrambled into action Monday when a tanker ship struck a Bay Bridge tower, but visions of catastrophe turned to relief after the damage was quickly assessed and news spread that a disaster had been averted. It was the kind of response that local, state and federal officials wished they had five years ago when the container ship...
San Francisco Chronicle | December 17, 2012 | Sediment Mgmt
Dredge mining of shoals near Angel and Alcatraz islands and throughout Suisun Bay is robbing the bay of sand that keeps San Francisco's Ocean Beach from eroding, according to new research by the U.S. Geological Survey. Partly as a result of sand mining, the 10-mile stretch between southern Ocean Beach and Point San Pedro near Pacifica is eroding...
CBS San Francisco Channel 5 | December 5, 2012 | Sick of Sewage
With water treatment plants all over the Bay Area receiving a deluge of runoff from this weekend's storms, 77 million gallons of partially treated sewage was released into the San Francisco Bay. Linda Yee reports.
San Francisco Examiner | November 26, 2012 | Advocacy
An environmental group is suing the state over an environmental report that could pave the way for an increase in sand mining in San Francisco Bay, saying the study fails to take into consideration the 
erosion at Ocean Beach.  
San Francisco Examiner | November 2, 2012 | Sediment Mgmt
The sediment in San Francisco Bay, once thought of as a renewable resource, is eroding and being removed much more quickly than nature replenishes it — which could affect two companies’ requests to increase their sand-mining operations. Sand has been removed from the Bay for more than 100 years, first for harbors and channels and later for use in...
San Jose Mercury News | September 18, 2012 | Contaminants
Bay Area residents have had options for getting rid of old pills piling up in their medicine cabinets. But the "No Drugs Down the Drain" campaign launched Monday wants to make sure consumers take their leftover pharmaceuticals to local law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, hospitals and other designated drop-off sites.

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