Whistleblowers Claim Bay Area Air Quality Management District Improperly Disposed Of RecordsThe agency in charge of protecting the air in the Bay Area has long been criticized by local activists for protecting polluters instead. Now, two former employees say they believe they have new evidence to support that accusation.
Toxic Chemicals Coming From California Refineries IdentifiedFor the first time ever, California has released a report naming the top toxic chemicals emitted from its petroleum refineries.
California Attorney General Sues To Block Valero Refinery DealCalifornia's attorney general is suing to block a petroleum company's attempt to gain more control over oil, fearing it could further drive up gasoline prices.
Consumer Group Accuses Oil Refineries Of Manipulating Gas Prices Higher, Urges InvestigationA consumer group is calling on the state attorney general to investigate what it calls a gouging of customers at the gas pump.
Consumer Watchdog: Oil Companies Keep CA Gas Prices High By Sending Gas Offshore To Keep Supply LowConsumer Watchdog says by keeping supplies artificially low, refiners keep prices high and are making a killing.
Refineries To Ship Even Dirtier Tar Sands Oil Into Bay Area; Fracked Crude By Rail Gets Too PriceyIt’s an unexpected consequence of the drop in oil prices. Trains carrying explosive fracked crude oil from North Dakota are no longer rolling through our neighborhoods. Crude by rail has become too expensive.
Magnitude 2.7 Earthquake Strikes Near East Bay RefineriesThe U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 2.7 earthquake has struck in the north East Bay.
Rail Safety Of Bay Area Oil Shipments DoubtedLast summer's oil train accident in Quebec that killed 47 people has lawmakers and others in the Bay Area concerned that it could happen here as volume of crude oil and other petroleum products arriving from North Dakota and Canada to local refineries is surging.
West Coast Spike In Gas Prices Tied To RefineriesMotorists across most of the country have been getting a break on gas prices, but not on the West Coast.
Bay Area Gas Prices Continue To RiseAccording to AAA, the average cost of a gallon of gas in the state hit $4.20 this week.
Chevron Profit Jumps 72 Percent To $5.3 BillionChevron Corp. said Friday its fourth-quarter net income jumped 72 percent as rising fuel demand lifted oil prices and produced a sharp turnaround in its refinery business.
Chemical Accidents Decline In Contra CostaContra Costa County, which has the highest concentration of petro-chemical plants in Northern California, has seen a significant decline in serious chemical accidents over the last few years.
Bay Area Consumers Rethink Holiday Shopping As Gas Prices ClimbBay Area drivers recently found themselves paying more at the gas pump than they had in the past six months. It was particularly difficult news to stomach as consumers prepared to begin their holiday shopping for friends and loved ones.