Monday, August 26, 2013

Rim Fire Threatens San Francisco Water Supply

San Francisco has been included in the state of emergency declared as a result of the Rim Fire, which has been burning for a week in Yosemite National Park.  The fire continues to march toward O'Shaughnessy Dam at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which supplies electricity and water to San Francisco.  Two of three power generation plants have been shut down, but there has not yet been an impact to the city's water supply.


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Friday, August 9, 2013

Anniversary of Chevron Richmond Refinery Fire

August 6 was the one-year anniversary of the fire at the Chevron Richmond refinery.  A pipeline rupture started a massive fire, with a toxic plume of smoke that caused respiratory problems for over 15,000 people.  The anniversary was marked by a march and sit-in at the refinery, in remembrance of the fire and in protest of Chevron's participation in tar sands extraction and the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The Chevron Richmond refinery, viewed from Point Richmond:


A docked Chevron ship, also viewed from Point Richmond:


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