Last year, the US Army Corps of Engineers unveiled a plan to dredge a deeper shipping channel from San Francisco Bay to Stockton. This year, they pulled the plug.
The project would have cost taxpayers millions of dollars, for the exclusive benefit of Big Oil. Deeper channels would have meant bigger oil tankers on the Bay—posing a greater risk of catastrophic oil spills—and the potential contamination of drinking water.
Baykeeper and our allies at Sunflower Alliance, Stand.earth, and Communities for a Better Environment, along with others in the community, submitted legal and scientific challenges to the proposal during the review period, which resulted in the plan's cancellation.
Photo of an oil tanker under the Richmond Bridge, leaving the Bay, by Daniel Parks, Flickr/CC