Environment

California is in a drought. Water districts around the state are faced with difficult choices. (Flickr photo by: Angelo Gonzalez)

What the drought means for the East Bay

California is in a drought. Though the Bay Area experienced a few showers this week, far more rain is needed to make a dent in the state’s water shortage. Last year was the driest on...
U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso speaks during a news conference at the Emeryville Hilton Garden Inn Monday about the board's second of three reports on the August 2012 Chevron Richmond refinery fire, which endangered 19 workers and sent 15,000 people to area hospitals. Aerial photos of the fire's smoke plume sit nearby. (Photo by: Kevin N. Hume)

Chemical Safety Board recommends industry-wide changes in Chevron fire report

U.S. Chemical Safety Board representatives and investigators on Monday recommended sweeping changes to the California petroleum industry following the August 2012 fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.
Many Bay Area refineries, including Chevron, are in the midst of major upgrades. Click on the cities to hear different perspectives on the various oil projects happening in the Bay Area. (Map and videos by Sally Schilling)

Refinery towns draw lessons from Chevron project

Richmond isn't the only town in the Bay Area that's in the midst of approving a major oil project. Other nearby refineries are also upgrading. And surrounding communities are looking to Richmond for lessons on...
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Bay Area greenhouse gas reduction plan could reduce emissions at Chevron

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District—often referred to as the Air District—passed a resolution last week to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. To meet the goal, Chevron’s century old refinery in Richmond...
John Fassell with the California Department of Public Health points to an area on an aerial photograph of the southeast Richmond shoreline where confirmed radioactive material was found during a meeting of the Richmond Southeast Shoreline Area Community Advisory Group. (Photo by: Kevin N. Hume)

State officials confirm radioactive material present at Richmond southeast shore site

The Richmond Southeast Shoreline Community Advisory Group alleges radioactive material found by state officials on Richmond's shoreline was illegally dumped by a chemical company in the sixties.