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Our Neighbors: Richmond attorney takes green practices to parks foundation

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 07/27/2008 - 10:00pm


William Acevedo, a Richmond resident and attorney who leads the Green Business Practice Group at a large Oakland law firm, can now expand his environmental interests following his recent appointment to the East Bay Regional Parks Foundation.

The 39-year-old nonprofit foundation provides direct support for the East Bay Regional Park District, raises donations and invests funds for future use, bringing in more than $35 million in donations, land and in-kind services since 1969.

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ctreadway@bayareanewsgroup.com

Chevron: No harmful impact from sulfur spill at Richmond refinery

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 07/27/2008 - 10:00pm
By Robert Salonga

RICHMOND — A sulfuric acid spill at the Chevron refinery this morning has caused no injuries or adverse effects to surrounding areas, the company said.

A leak in a pipeline containing the chemical was discovered around 8:10 a.m. and involved about 1,000 pounds of the liquid, said Chevron spokesman Walt Gill.

Because the sulfuric acid was in liquid and not vapor form, there was no harmful odor emitted, Gill said. Crews have been dispatched to clean up the spill.

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rsalonga@bayareanewsgroup.com

California dealt setback in greenhouse-gas fight with EPA

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 10:00pm


(07-25) 12:07 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court dealt a setback to California and environmental groups today in their battle with the Bush administration over the state's efforts to restrict vehicle emissions of gases that contribute to global warming.

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begelko@sfchronicle.com

Intracity Street Toll Debated For San Francisco

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 07/22/2008 - 10:00pm
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Opponents were gathering Wednesday for a public debate over a controversial plan that would require drivers pay to use San Francisco's traffic-choked corridors in the Financial District, South of Market and elsewhere throughout the center core of the city.

The plan would require drivers using certain city streets during rush hour to have their vehicles equipped with a transponder – similar to the FasTrak devices used by bridge commuters.

SolarCity provides SF power below grid price

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 07/17/2008 - 10:00pm
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If you are a San Francisco resident considering solar panels, now is the time for action, says Lyndon Rive, CEO of SolarCity, a start-up that leases panels to homeowners.

More Richmond Council Hearings On Chevron Upgrade

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 07/16/2008 - 9:52pm
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 RICHMOND (CBS 5 / AP) ― Richmond officials continued holding hearings Wednesday night into a request by Chevron to upgrade a refinery it operates in the city.

Hundreds of people on both sides of the issue jammed into Richmond City Council meetings on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Chevron wants to upgrade its facility by building a new power plant, hydrogen plant and reformer.

Representatives of the oil giant said the improvements would allow the refining of a wider range of oil.

But environmental groups argued the project would allow the company to refine heavier crude oil that would increase pollutants in the area.

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