SF Bay Oil Spill: News Roundup

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Posted by Tim Miller at 8:40 am

Aftermath of Spill
Graphic from this morning’s SF Chronicle showing 23 parks and beaches around the SF Bay are closed.

How to help wildlife affected by oil spill in SF Bay
San Jose Mercury News The sight of oil-coated birds has sparked a passionate response from the public: How can I help? But wildlife experts are urging people to stay away from oil-covered birds along the San Francisco Bay coast…

“We rely on professional staff early on, then will call for volunteers in the middle and later in cleanup,” said Yvonne Addassi, an environmental scientist for the California Department of Fish and Game.

Here’s what you need to know if you want to help with the cleanup, report oil-soaked wildlife, or to donate.

VOLUNTEER WORKSHOPS: The Department of Fish and Game encourages future volunteers to attend a class about wildlife care at one of three locations today.

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 9:30-11:30 a.m., 99 Grove St. in San Francisco.

Harbor Master, Richmond Marina 1:30-3:30 p.m., 1340 Marina Way South in Richmond.

Headlands Institute 5-7 p.m., Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Building 1033, in Sausalito.

Clean-up expands for San Francisco Bay oil spill
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Clean-up efforts for a 58,000-gallon (220,000-liter) oil spill in San Francisco Bay expanded on Sunday as federal officials assessed damage that has closed beaches, threatened the crabbing season and killed scores of birds.

Human Error Blamed for SF Bay Oil Spill (yotube video)
Ship’s crew questioned in criminal probe of SF Bay oil spill (AP via KESQ)

Federal Criminal Investigation Opens Into 58000 Oil Spill In San Francisco Bay
Democracy Now, NY – A federal criminal investigation has been opened into a 58,000-gallon spill of heavy bunker fuel into the San Francisco Bay. The spill took place when a container ship slammed into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Wednesday.

The oil spill has shut down over a dozen beaches and killed at least 60 birds. Ecologists warn that it could take months to clean up and that it threatens the Bay’s diverse ecosystem, including several endangered species. We speak to Sejal Choksi, Program Director at San Francisco Baykeeper.

Impact of SF Bay Oil Spill Widens (youtube video)
This video from a few days ago gives a pretty good overview of how the accident happened and what is known about the impact on local wildlife so far.

3 Responses to “SF Bay Oil Spill: News Roundup”

  1. Brian Says:

    I can’t beleive it! Here on the California coast!
    Or anywhere for that matter. One would think with the current technology we still, somehow, cannot prevent oil spill disasters like this one.
    Here is a link to a website that tracks all boat activity of San Francisco Bay and shows the path of the Cosco Busan as it scrapes the pier of the Bay Bridge. Note: the RED icon is the Cosco Busan.

  2. Tim Says:

    Man, that animation really puts things in perspective. nice find.

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