Cleanup efforts continue after Bay oil spill
November 10, 2007 4:56 PM
With the smell of oil wafting through the air, the Coast Guard announced that 8,000 more gallons of oily liquids, a combination of oil and water, have been collected between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday during a press conference at Rodeo Beach. Additionally, the bird death toll is up to 28, and additional 22 birds from Friday morning's count.
As of this weekend, over 20,000 gallons of oily residue had been collected from the Bay.
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Rodeo Beach has been considered a high impact and high priority area effected by the oil spill, according to Coast Guard spokesperson Anya Hunter. Earlier, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared the San Francisco Bay to be in a state of emergency, allowing state funds to now be used for the cleanup, said Hunter.
US Coast Guard Captain William Uberti said the oil has flowed as far away as 10 miles off the coast from the Golden Gate Bridge, and has extended from San Francisco’s Ocean Beach up to Marin County’s Stinson Beach.
“We’re going to see rainbow sheens in a lot of areas,” said Capt. Uberti, in response to how the oil will spread and dissipate within the next week.
The cause and fault of the crash of the Costco Busan ship into the Bay Bridge Wednesday morning at 9:15 a.m., is still under investigation pending alcohol and drug screenings of the crew and logs regarding communications between the ship and area control.
Yvonne Addassi of the California Department of Fish and Game said that the dead birds were collected on site, and they have lost none of the 94 birds currently in captivity.
“It is important for people to stay away from wildlife,” said Addassi, in response to citizens’ concerns and willingness to volunteer.
Oiled wildlife and tar balls are being found as far away as the Farralon Islands and Marin and Sonoma counties.
Although there was quick response from the US Coast Guard (USCG), city officials were not immediately contacted, drawing criticism from the Mayor’s office.
The UCSG originally reported the spill to have been 140 gallons, which drew criticism from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Newsom said that legal action will be taken if necessary.
When asked what legal action could be taken, Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin said, “I don’t know that the mayor necessarily knows what he is talking about.”
Additional reporting by Angela Bacca, Opinion Editor
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