Chevron Oil Spill Further Highlights Decades-Long Environmental Injustice

Chevron Oil Spill Further Highlights Decades-Long Environmental Injustice

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This past Tuesday, local residents observed a sheen on the water near the wharf off of Point Richmond in the San Francisco Bay–the result of a 600-gallon petroleum spill from Chevron’s Richmond oil refinery. The refinery, which processes 245,271 barrels of oil per day, was able to contain the […]

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The Bay Area’s Rising Groundwater a Toxic Time Bomb

The Bay Area’s Rising Groundwater a Toxic Time Bomb

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A lesser-known facet of climate change could threaten California’s San Francisco Bay Brea: rising groundwater. As Bay Area sea level rises, so does groundwater which comes with a host of externalities.  It seeps through basement cracks, chronically backs up toilets, corrodes pipes, and worst of all: resurfaces toxic substances […]

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PG&E Blackouts Affect Millions of Californians

PG&E Blackouts Affect Millions of Californians

Early yesterday morning, California’s largest utility, PG&E preemptively cut off power to over 500,000 customers in an effort to avoid power lines sparking fires.

What This Means: Prolonged power outages disrupt lives and harm businesses. The shutoff created sheer chaos through much of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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On the 25th anniversary of the Northridge quake, Bay Area experiences rumbles

On the 25th anniversary of the Northridge quake, Bay Area experiences rumbles

The Northridge Earthquake in 1994 was a massive 6.7 magnitude quake that struck Southern California’s densely populated San Fernando Valley, destroying freeways and leaving much of the area without power for extended periods of time. The quake struck at 4:30 AM on January 17th, 1994 making yesterday the 25th anniversary of the disaster and incidentally on the anniversary, the San Francisco Bay Area experienced its second tremor in 2 days. 

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