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January 21, 2008

SF Bay spill restoration: Public forums Jan. 22 & 29

The six government agencies responsible for the restoration of the San Francisco Bay after the Cosco Busan oil spill, will hold two public meetings in January 2008.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 11 AM. The location of the meeting is First Floor Auditorium at the Elihu M. Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94601. Building info and location

The second meeting will be held Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 6:30 PM in the Cascade Room at the Mill Valley Community Center 180 El Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941. See map to the location

According to webpage for California’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), “the primary purpose of the meetings is to provide an opportunity for the public and other organizations to learn about the restoration process and to provide any additional information and data they collected.”

The November 7, 2007 spill killed at least 2,500 birds after 58,000 gallons of bunker crude oil spilled into the bay. Less than a third of the oil has been recovered.

IBRRC update

San Francisco Chronicle story

November 30, 2007

317 cleaned birds back in the wild

A total of 317 cleaned birds have been released back in the wild.

As of November 29, 1,060 oiled birds arrived live to the bird center in Cordelia. The last bunch of birds are in rehabilitation pools getting ready for release. At least 573 died or were euthanized at the center after being oiled in the November 7th spill on San Francisco Bay.

Nearly 1,700 dead birds have been collected in the field.

Numbers via OWCN on November 29, 2007 @ 8 PM.

November 27, 2007

More than 20,000 birds died?

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

…Bird experts figure that for every bird found dead or alive, about five to 10 others go unreported because they sink at sea, get eaten by predators or fly elsewhere. That would put the fatality number at up to 21,500 birds.

Read more from the Nov. 27, 2007 article

November 27, 2007

Latest map of SF spill area and cleanup


The Cosco Busan oil spill is nearly three weeks old. Crews are still searching for oiled animals and exorcising oil from beaches and rocks. If you’re curious where the oil is being reported and where crews are working in San Francisco Bay, see the Unified Command’s online map.

Full map (825 KB PDF)

November 22, 2007

Renewed efforts to ban bunker crude

The use of bunker crude oil, the bargain basement substance that leaked into the San Francisco Bay this month, is under renewed pressure to have it banned. From politicians to scientists to environmental groups, bunker crude is under the gun.

Ocean shipping companies love the $1.70 a gallon price, but with cheap oil comes expensive and damaging consequences. The heavy oil has left lasting damage to the bay’s ecosystem and bird life. The latest 58,000 gallon spill is yet to be cleaned up and dead and dying birds are still being collected in many areas of the bay. Also in the burning of this oil, emissions can be acute and even in cities like Oakland, CA where docked and idling ships run generators, there are threats of litigation over its use.

The toxic gunk is stored in auxiliary “bunker” tanks that power ships’ generators. The Cosco Busan was carrying at least 1 million gallons of the low grade fuel when it ran into the San Francisco Bay Bridge on November 7, 2007. As of this week, only a fifth or 12,000 gallons of the spilled oil had been cleaned up.

This heavy fuel oil is well know carcinogen and contact with skin is ALWAYS to be avoided. When its burned, this high sulphur fuel said to be more than 1,000 times dirtier than the diesel fuel used in trucks and buses.

Also see:

The Friends of the Earth