Monday, November 26, 2007

SF oil Spill

On November 8th, a heavy duty fuel bunker spilled oil into the bay leaving the coast and sand in disastrous conditions. Among the victims where many of the local birds, leaving many of them dead along the coastline. About 58,000 gallons were spilled into the bay when a container ship called the "Cosco Busan" rammed the bay bridge at about 8:30 AM. The coast guard initially thought that only about 150 gallons had been spilled into the bay but by night fall they realized it was more like 58,000. The coast guard is being questioned about the response time and the first estimate about the spillage. Beaches like Baker Beach, Point Isabel and Fort point have been closed due to contamination. A pungent oil smell can be smelled on the beach.

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