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Refineries To Ship Even Dirtier Tar Sands Oil Into Bay Area; Fracked Crude By Rail Gets Too Pricey

CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — It’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.

Instead local refineries are turning to a cheaper alternative, that poses a new kind of danger.

Sejal Choksi-Chugh with San Francisco Baykeeper can’t forget the day the tanker ship Cosco Busan crashed into a Bay Bridge tower, spewing 53,000 gallons of bunker fuel into the bay. “It was getting on boats it was getting on birds it was everywhere,” she said.

But the environmentalist says that’s nothing compared to what could happen if there’s a spill of a new kind of cargo headed our way, called tar sands crude, the dirtiest crude on the planet. “We are looking at a product that sinks. Its very heavy,” she said.

UPDATE:National Resources Defense…

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Snow Survey Canceled For 1st Time Due To California’s Drought

CBS San Francisco

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — For the first time in history, the May snow survey has been canceled due to California’s severe drought.

Doug Carlson of the California Department of Water Resources said the survey had been canceled due to the “observed absence of snow.”

The survey was scheduled to take place May 1st.

The last survey showed the lowest snow level in recorded history.

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California Farmers Clash As Huge Amount Of Water Pumped From Delta Despite Drought

Huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — and the prime suspects are farmers whose families have tilled fertile soil there for generations.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/04/11/farmers-clash-pump-delta-water-despite-drought/


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No More Playing Nice – CA Water Regulators Will Name, Shame, Fine, Even Ration Water-Wasters

Water districts that don’t take steps to conserve face $10,000-a-day fines if they don’t adopt new water restrictions or change rates as demanded by the state. The excuses cities have given for pitiful conservation, including hot weather and earlier cutbacks, are no longer a free pass.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/04/08/no-more-playing-nice-ca-water-regulators-will-name-shame-fine-even-ration-water-wasters/