Baykeeper Updates Related to Oil Spills

Blog Post: May 18, 2017
San Francisco Baykeeper is sponsoring a state bill to protect San Francisco Bay from tar sands oil spills. The bill, SB 709, would protect California waterways from spills of tar sands oil and other “non-floating” oils that are particularly difficult to clean up. Currently, oil spill cleanup...
Blog Post: April 13, 2017
On Friday, April 7, a barge carrying 4,000 gallons of diesel and 300 gallons of oil sank in San Francisco Bay and began leaking fuel. The barge, which is named “Vengeance” and owned by Vortex Marine Construction, Inc., was stationed near Yerba Buena Island for BART tube maintenance, and likely...
BK In The News: March 9, 2017
Facing pressure from state legislators, Vallejo residents and environmentalists, local air regulators are reversing course and now say they are still trying to figure out what caused an unbearable odor that sickened scores of Vallejo residents and prompted a shelter-in-place order last September...
Press Release: March 3, 2017
Sacramento -- Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced a bill to protect California’s waterways from dangerous spills of tar sands oil. California has laws to prevent and prepare for “conventional” oil spills that can be cleaned up from the surface of the water. These laws do not take...
Monthly Column: November 1, 2016
More long freight trains of tank cars full of crude oil, chugging along San Francisco Bay’s shore and rumbling through our communities. That’s the oil industry’s vision for the Bay Area.   Baykeeper, along with partner environmental groups and concerned Bay Area residents, has a different vision....
BK In The News: October 21, 2016
“Whether or not the oil spill that took place during oil transfer operations at Phillips 66 was the fault of refinery staff or the shipping company hired to transport its oil is irrelevant,” said Ian Wren, a staff scientist at Baykeeper, an organization that works to stop pollution in San Francisco...
Blog Post: September 30, 2016
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...
Blog Post: September 29, 2016
Last week, two mysterious oily sheens appeared in San Pablo Bay, the northern area of San Francisco Bay. One was around 40 feet wide and a mile long, large enough to cause ferry operators to temporarily halt service. The other surrounded an oil tanker docked at the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo....
BK In The News: September 22, 2016
Two large oil sheens on San Pablo Bay Wednesday morning, after a mysterious odor prompted shelter-in-place orders in Vallejo Tuesday night, appear to have come from a Phillips refinery tanker in Rodeo, authorities said. Coast Guard crews earlier laid down a thousand-foot boom to contain oil...
BK In The News: September 22, 2016
The Coast Guard Wednesday night has confirmed the oil sheens in San Pablo Bay. One is a mile long and the other is surrounding an oil tanker at the Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo. Ian Wren of Baykeeper says, "There's a lot of sensitive wetland communities in that area. We want to make sure the areas...

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