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Diane Bailey, Senior Scientist, San Francisco

Diane Bailey

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA, with my husband and three kids. When we’re not busy chasing kiddos around or working, i enjoy reading up on real news and relaxing with fake news from the Daily Show & Colbert Report. Laughs with family, a healthy environment, strong coffee and adventures in snorkeling or snowboarding make my world go round.

Recent Posts

Fenceline Communities Face an Ongoing Invisible Assault of Toxics Emanating from Refineries

Posted November 18, 2014 by Diane Bailey in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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Drive past the other-worldly refinery landscape in Deer Park, Texas and you have to lunge for the recirc button to avoid the sickeningly-sweet chemical odors. That’s not an option for the more than 200,000 people living along the petrochemical complex...continued

20 By 2020: A Pledge To Reduce Refinery Pollution

Posted October 9, 2014 by Diane Bailey in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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The Bay Area Air District has been working for the past two years to craft regulations that track and limit refinery pollution as oil companies begin bringing in extreme new types of crude oil that put workers and refinery fenceline communities...continued

Valero's Promise to Benicia: We'll only have an environmental disaster once every 111 years.

Posted September 17, 2014 by Diane Bailey in Curbing Pollution, Greening China, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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Actually, that’s kind of worrisome, especially considering that if you don’t experience that disaster yourself, your kids probably will.  This is one of the many absurd elements showing Valero’s cavalier attitude toward public safety in the draft Environmental Impact Report...continued

Getting Chevroned in Richmond

Posted August 6, 2014 by Diane Bailey in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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Two years after a catastrophic fire at Chevron’s Richmond, California refinery sent 15,000 residents to medical centers and 20 workers narrowly escaped with their lives, the oil giant won approval to expand that facility and begin processing even more corrosive...continued

The Lac-Mégantic crude oil train derailment tragedy: A year later, are we safer?

Posted July 7, 2014 by Diane Bailey in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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Today over 1,000 people packed Ste-Agnes Church in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec to remember the 47 people who died there one year ago after a run-away crude oil train derailed and exploded. Together with Mayor Roy Laroche, who gave a moving speech...continued

What if it happened here? Nobody wants to have a crude oil train derailment in California, but steps to prevent that are lacking.

Posted June 20, 2014 by Diane Bailey in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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On July 6, 2013 an oil train laden with 72 tank cars of Bakken crude oil crashed and exploded in the middle of Lac Megantic, a small town in Quebec. 47 people died. 30 buildings in the town center were...continued

This Washington, that Washington on Crude Oil by Rail

Posted April 30, 2014 by Diane Bailey in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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This afternoon brought news of another fiery crude oil train derailment.  Luckily no one was hurt in the Lynchburg, Virginia accident, but flames were shooting up as high as the 19th floor of one bystander’s office building, oil was spilling...continued

Diesel Truck Pollution: The Truth is Lost in the Fumes

Posted April 24, 2014 by Diane Bailey in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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A couple things about diesel truck pollution: there’s still a lot of it in California, truck drivers are suffering from it, and most truck owners oppose rolling back the statewide truck clean-up rule.  These facts have been obscured by all...continued

When the Oil and Rail Industries Work Together to Put Profits Over Public Safety

Posted April 4, 2014 by Diane Bailey in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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One thing about these industries - when the oil and rail barons get together, tidy profits are sure to be made.  But at whose expense?  And if the latest mile long oil by rail collaboration has nothing to hide, why...continued

Valero's Magic Box, balancing sludge v. stink of crude oil

Posted March 26, 2014 by Diane Bailey in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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Last night I learned all about the magic box of Valero’s “operating envelope” at their Benicia (San Francisco Bay Area) refinery during their public meeting for the proposed Crude Oil Rail Terminal.  Valero staff described the proposal to a packed...continued

Crude Oil Train Boom Headed to California

Posted March 19, 2014 by Diane Bailey in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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California’s Senate Committees on Environmental Quality, and Natural Resources and Water are holding a joint hearing on Emergency Response to Rail Accidents today to talk about oil spill response in the event of a crude oil train accident.  This is...continued

Moving Forward: A Modern Freight System for California that can cut pollution and lower impacts in freight-side communities.

Posted January 21, 2014 by Diane Bailey in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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What if parents of asthmatic kids in freight impacted communities like West Oakland, Wilmington and Riverside could breathe a little easier knowing that they no longer have to endure hundreds of dirty diesel trucks in their communities? Measures detailing how...continued

California Attorney General Tells Major Oil Terminal Developer, WesPac, to Hold Up in Pittsburg

Posted January 17, 2014 by Diane Bailey in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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The California Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris, sent a stark letter to the City of Pittsburg this week warning of “significant legal problems” with the documentation around the proposed WesPac mega oil terminal.  The eleven page letter noted “fundamental defects”...continued

Dirty Crude Oil By Rail: 2013 Closed With a Boom

Posted January 3, 2014 by Diane Bailey in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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While the Federal Rail Administration asserts that 2012 was the safest year in the industry's history and that hazardous material releases have gone down over the last decade, the boom in oil shipments by rail has led to a ka-boom...continued

Tell Bay Area Air Authorities What You Think of Tar Sands

Posted December 3, 2013 by Diane Bailey in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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Tomorrow, Bay Area residents get their first chance to raise concerns with regulators about the potential flood of tar sands oil heading for California refineries. In response to refinery community concerns, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) will...continued

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