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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

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

Dangerous Crude Oil Terminals Blocked!

Posted November 14, 2013 by Diane Bailey in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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This is the headline we want for all of the proposed crude oil terminals in California.  For two other proposed oil terminals in Washington, this was their reality today.  So let’s take a day to celebrate with our neighbors to...continued

Big Oil: These guys are not good neighbors, that's for sure

Posted November 7, 2013 by Diane Bailey in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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That’s a sentiment voiced by Nancy Rieser, Community Activist in the Crockett Rodeo Working Group, home to the Phillips 66 Refinery at the Ecology Center’s Bay Area Big Oil Getting Bigger? Panel Discussion last night. By the sound of the...continued

One in five Americans Living in High Traffic Pollution Areas

Posted October 4, 2013 by Diane Bailey in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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A new study came out showing that 19 percent of people in the U.S. live close to high traffic roadways and likely face elevated air pollution levels—and the public health problems that come with that--as a result. According to the...continued

An 88 million barrel oil surprise in Pittsburg

Posted August 27, 2013 by Diane Bailey in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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Last night the City of Pittsburg held a public meeting on the proposed mega oil terminal called “WesPac”, that has quietly been under development for the past two years.  The project would bring in 242,000 barrels of crude oil per...continued

Community Air Monitoring: A short summary of low tech, micro air samplers

Posted July 29, 2013 by Diane Bailey in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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This past semester I had the good fortune of working with a group of students through a “Service Learning Project” in a class on Environmental Justice at the University of California Berkeley.  The work focused on Community Air Monitoring, exploring...continued

Safety First in Richmond

Posted July 24, 2013 by Diane Bailey in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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Approaching the anniversary of the massive fire at Chevron’s refinery in Richmond, CA last August, the Richmond City Council met yesterday to consider a resolution (J-4) to ensure that Chevron will find and abate urgent corrosion hazards in the Richmond...continued

Valero's Crude by Rail Project in Benicia Could Open the Floodgates to Tar Sands in California

Posted July 2, 2013 by Diane Bailey in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Dilbit – diluted bitumen - is a word that you should add to your vocabulary because it may be coming soon by the railcar full to a refinery near you.  Is it a cartoon character? A mis-typed tool?  An herb?...continued

We have the right to know what is in the air we breathe - A guest blog from Dominic Pierceall

Posted June 17, 2013 by Diane Bailey in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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This past semester I had the good fortune of working with a group of students through a “Service Learning Project” in a class on Environmental Justice at the University of California Berkeley.  The work focused on Community Air Monitoring, exploring...continued

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