To be on the safe side, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will check to see if any oil settled on the bottom of San Francisco Bay near the site of last month’s Cosco Busan 58,000 gallon oil spill.
According the corps, the swabbing of the bay’s bottom will give it a better idea how far the bunker oil spread when the Cosco Bussan side-swiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on November 7, 2007. The resulting spill spread through the bay and ultimately oiled beaches south past Pacifica to north around Point Reyes.
The oil spill was especially tough on birds in the bay. At least 2,500 birds died during the response.