Baykeeper Press Releases

(Dec 13, 2007) Who: San Francisco Baykeeper and Assemblyman Jared Huffman What: Town Hall Meeting on Government and Community Response to the Cosco Busan Oil Spill Where: Stinson Beach Community Center When: Saturday, December 15 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Stinson Beach, CA – Baykeeper is analyzing how well oil response plans worked to protect sensitive areas like Bolinas Lagoon. Baykeeper and...
Baykeeper and East Bay Municipal Utility District urge residents not to put cooking oil and grease down the sink
(Nov 21, 2007) The holidays are just around the corner, and many Bay Area residents are gearing up for special meals – with buttery foods, turkeys and homemade gravy. Food-focused holidays challenge not only waistlines but, surprisingly, local sewer lines. This year, Baykeeper and EBMUD urge residents to protect their homes and the Bay by keeping fats, oil and grease out of pipes and visiting one...
Unique image released today by conservation groups
(Nov 20, 2007) A coalition of conservation organizations today released a satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay that dramatically illustrates the extent of the November 7 bunker fuel spill from the container ship Cosco Busan. The new photo shows numerous dark slicks around the Bay itself, as well as on the nearby open ocean, consistent with reports of oil appearing around the region and with...
(Nov 17, 2007) U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) will host a briefing in the Senate Commerce Committee tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14th at 3pm EST (noon PST) to examine last week’s oil spill in the San Francisco Bay. Boxer has raised concerns about the Coast Guard’s response and the delay in relaying accurate information about the magnitude of the spill to San Francisco officials and the public...
(Nov 5, 2007) On October 31 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a report criticizing California’s water pollution permits. EPA agreed to perform an audit of randomly selected permits as a condition of a settlement reached in a lawsuit brought by San Francisco Baykeeper, Humboldt Baykeeper Communities for a Better Environment and Ecological Rights Foundation in 2006. San Francisco...
(Oct 26, 2007) Who: Saul Bloom, Arc EcologySejal Choksi, BaykeeperMichael Wall, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) What: Press conference to announce lawsuit against the U.S. Maritime Administration When: Monday, October 29, 2007 at 10:00 a.m., PDT Where: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)111 Sutter Street, 20th FloorSan Francisco, CA 94104 (Corner of Sutter & Montgomery...
(Oct 22, 2007) As part of its campaign to keep raw sewage out of San Francisco Bay, Baykeeper gave notice today of its intent to sue the City of Burlingame and its wastewater treatment plant for illegal sewage spills and overflows to the Bay. Burlingame’s crumbling sewer system is more than 80 years old and frequently overflows untreated sewage into homes and neighborhood streets. Additionally,...
Measures Will Significantly Reduce Potential Environmental Impacts of Port Expansion While Providing Regional Economic Benefits
(Aug 29, 2007) Local residents and environmentalists have dismissed the last of their lawsuits against the Port of Stockton, ending the challenges against the port’s expansion onto the West Complex, which the Navy conveyed to the port in 2001. In return, the port agreed to take significant measures to further reduce potential environmental impacts caused by port-related operations and dredging,...
(Aug 14, 2007) Oral arguments were heard in the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in a case challenging US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations exempting the discharge of vessel ballast water containing invasive species from regulation underthe Clean Water Act. The case involved EPA’s appeal of an order by the federal District Court to adopt new regulations to restrict invasive...
(Jul 30, 2007) During a hearing tomorrow afternoon, the State Water Resources Control Board will consider a plea from local oil refineries to avoid disclosing how much mercury they release into the environment. The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board issued the order for the study on May 2007, after years of advocacy efforts by Baykeeper to hold the refineries accountable. The...

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