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58,000 Gallons Of Oil Cover Bay Beaches, Wildlife

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Oil leaked from a cargo ship that bumped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is washing up on beaches about 40 miles north of San Francisco, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.

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JoAnna B (386)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 11:40 am
Sorry friends the picture did not work..yet again on my news story..This is very sad..

JoAnna B (386)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 11:46 am
Friends I am sorry my picture wouldn't load again for my storie..Please read and watch videos..Thanks JoAnnaB.

. (0)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 12:17 pm
Not again!! Our poor inncent marine life and ocean!!! Noted with horror for all the destruction this will cause.

Dee C (23)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 12:21 pm
Noted Jo..Thanks..This is very sad..and not good news at all..

Ali Hirst (286)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 12:31 pm
Thanks Jo this happens too often...disgraceful

JoAnna B (386)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 12:38 pm
I was told that Spirit E also summited this story as well..This is where I was born I will try to go to SF next week if possible..To see if I can voulenteer in any way..SF has reaally taken a hard it and this will have lasting effects..

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 1:29 pm
noted...this is unbelieveable...something has to be done...these barges have to be reinforced better so this doesn't again....

FreeSpirit Running (320)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 1:29 pm
This is so sadly noted....thank you mz..not the 1st time, won't be the last, unfortunately for our planet....

Black Cat (103)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 2:23 pm

Brandy Huston (230)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 3:03 pm
Sadly Noted thank you for the article.

JoAnna B (386)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 3:33 pm
Thank you to all the Care2 members who have noted this story and thank you as it has made the front page of .I am in hopes that many more see it..Thank you care2 for the gold note as well..
It is my hopes that I can make it to SF At some point to offer some help as a voleunteer..I am not sure if this is going to be possible for me but I am praying..Again thank you friends of

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 4:14 pm
Noted JoAnna, but oh so so sad...this is once again horrible news...hugz, Robin

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 4:15 pm

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 6:23 pm
Thank you for posting JoAnna, This is horrible. Again, the water is poisoned, fish are dieing, birds are stuck in the spill. When will it end. Noted

Dee C (23)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 6:29 pm
What gets me is that as many times as this has happened..not just here but all over..Why they don't take better measure to ensure it will not happen again and again..

JoAnna B (386)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 6:35 pm
I know Dee we all ask that..Thanks again everyone this has really hit me hard ..

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 6:41 pm
very sad video, Many boats avoid inspections, fines, and needed repairs by sailing under a "flag of convenience" and avoiding harbors with tough inspection systems. oh !!!!! the devastation of the animals it just makes me sick, what a very sad story. more needs to be done. LIKE CAREING! & IT STARTS WITH PUTTING PEOPLE HEADS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCKS. for breaking the law. noted, pass on thanks sorry about using caps i got a little upset. forgive me I'll try not to do that again.


Ali Hirst (286)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 7:03 pm
A similar thing happened here not long ago in Nth Qld where it was a tanker overturned and the contents were washed into a made front page news on the net for a few minutes and was pulled because it was near Qld election often I wonder does this happen.

Blacktiger P (247)
Thursday November 8, 2007, 10:25 pm
These ships should not be allowed to sail without extra cladding where ever oil is carried or used for operation , will the shipping industry never learn ! Geez they are some of the worst offenders of polution.

Elle J (276)
Friday November 9, 2007, 1:32 am

Lisa Swift (79)
Friday November 9, 2007, 10:31 am
I wish I could help, too, but it would probably take me a month to get there in my power chair, what with having to recharge the batteries every now and then.

My question is how that ship came to hit the bridge... Not paying attention? impaired? Too bad they can't give the captain a sobriety test!

JoAnna B (386)
Friday November 9, 2007, 12:00 pm
Hi everyone from what I have seen on the news they did give the whole crew a drug test and a alcohol test results have not come in yet to my knowledge

Jim H (63)
Friday November 9, 2007, 2:32 pm
Noted with sadness. Thanks

Barry Seth (118)
Friday November 9, 2007, 3:51 pm
Another spill, no, no, no !!! How could they hit the bridge? Which oil company is this tanker affiliated with? Do we have a small scale Exxon Valdez type spill?

MARY D (158)
Friday November 9, 2007, 4:49 pm
Oh, not another one!! Poor souls being covered in the crap. This is very sad.

Alexander D (79)
Friday November 9, 2007, 6:13 pm
All of the oceans on our planet are connected. These tragedies effect all of us! Sadly noted.

JoAnna B (386)
Friday November 9, 2007, 9:23 pm
Posted in artical..
The incident is nowhere near the 11 million gallons spilled in the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, but it is believed to be the biggest in the San Francisco Bay since 1988
"How does a ship, with that much space available, how does a ship hit the bridge?" Schwarzenegger asked Coast Guard officials as he was shown a map of the bay and where the vessel struck the bridge.

"That's what we're investigating," answered Coast Guard Capt. William Uberti, captain of the Port of San Francisco. "That shouldn't have happened."

Coast Guard investigators were focused on communications between the ship's crew, watch officer and helmsman and vessel traffic authorities in the moments before the incident. Investigators will look at the ship's communications with the Coast Guard's Vessel Traffic Service, which is akin to an airport's air traffic control system.

Chief investigator G. Ross Wheatley of the Coast Guard said the pilot and the shipping company could face civil penalties as a result of the administrative investigation. He indicated that Cota had answered every question asked of him by investigators.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Cota has been involved in six on the job incidents dating back to 1993. The most recent was a reprimand last year for letting a freighter run aground when it was approaching a dock in Antioch.


Adventure Imagery (0)
Saturday November 10, 2007, 7:22 am
No hope for the contaminated seabirds! -

Unfortunately, there is little hope for the oil covered seabirds of San Francisco Bay.

In 2002 I witnessed and produced a documentary on the Prestige oil spill in northern Spain, the worst environmental disaster in european history and bigger than the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Despite best efforts by SEO Birdlife workers to recover and clean the oil covered seabirds, of the thousands hand washed birds, SEO's own studies showed that few if any survived in the months following. The estimated total of birds that died in that oil spill was over 300,000. The damage to the marine environment was incalculable as the oil was not contained and spread across thousands of kilometers of coastline from Spain to France, Portugal and the UK. The sunken hull of the Prestige continues leaking oil today from deep beneath the sea. See video clips of oil spill stock footage damage on our website at, including SEO Birdlife volunteers cleaning the birds by hand.

Hopefully the recent oil spill in the San Francisco Bay area will not affect too much of the wildlife there, especially since it is my home as well. On the bright side, at least it was a small spill in comparison, spilling "only" 58,000 gallons versus 20,000,000 gallons from the Prestige. The most important factor is the containment, and it sounds like it will be controlled quickly and effectively versus the very delayed action and poor job done in Spain.

Judianne D (273)
Saturday November 10, 2007, 7:26 am
So noted - so very very sad

Sandra M Z (114)
Saturday November 10, 2007, 11:28 pm
NO MORE OIL. It's the cause at the heart of the ultimate destruction of our planet and ourselves besides perhaps Mother Nature herself. From burning it, coal, and gas which are adding to climate change, from the 2XTexas plastic bag garbage dump in the Pacific ocean(bags made from oil), indigenous peoples having their remote areas stripped for oil. Oil in your personal products, yuk. Oil is obsolete. We need to get off oil, and on to green technology. Dennis Kucinich for President, he would get us green jobs with living wages and lead us away from the never ending WARS(DEATH)for OIL. We can leave this outdated oil ecomony behind, get out of the Middle East, clean our air so 10% of all children won't develop asthma (another big money making illness for the government). With 7 billion of us now and 300 million Chinese and Indan(India) folks going to be burning it, we cannot allow oil to be the fuel of the millemium. Solar. Wind. = fresh air! And we need a big breath of it NOW!

Hazel C (88)
Sunday November 11, 2007, 2:08 am
Sadly noted....all the lives that will be lost because of this.

Chris O (507)
Sunday November 11, 2007, 4:20 pm
California Oil Spill/clean up dirty fuel petition

On November 7, a container ship crashed into the San Francisco Bay Bridge and spilled an estimated 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel -- a tragedy of immense proportions that creates both immediate and long-term threats to marine life in and around the bay.

Today, Friends of the Earth is calling on Congress to ban the use of this dirty fuel forever. Will you join our call?

Bunker fuel literally comes from the bottom of the barrel. It is the asphalt-like gunk that's left over after crude oil is refined into gasoline for cars and is especially damaging when spilled in accidents.* Even when used as intended, though -- to power cruise and cargo ships -- it is extremely harmful. Indeed, a study released just last week found that more than 60,000 people died from shipping emissions in 2002, due in large part to the use of bunker fuel, which is more than 1,000 times dirtier than the highway diesel used by trucks and buses. Its reliance on this dirty fuel is also a key reason that the shipping industry is a major global warming polluter.

Friends of the Earth's Clean Vessels Campaign has been leading the fight against shipping pollution for years, at the local level, nationally, and in the international arena, and phasing out the use of bunker fuel has been one of our key aims. Now, this dirty fuel has led to a disaster in the San Francisco Bay. Let's ensure that this tragedy isn't repeated and phase out this dirty fuel forever.

Please sign our petition calling for an end to bunker fuel use today.

Danielle Fugere, Friends of the Earth
(Our superb vessels campaign director, Teri Shore, is on a leave of absence working with FoE Australia on this important set of issues.)

The petition can be found at:

Nicole P (99)
Sunday November 11, 2007, 5:36 pm
Friends of the Earth also has a petition to ban this type of fuel. Go to

Nicole P (99)
Sunday November 11, 2007, 5:41 pm
Sorry, didn't notice the comment above. Anyway, it needs to be signed by everyone.

JoAnna B (386)
Monday November 12, 2007, 8:13 am
Criminal probe opens in Calif. oil spill
SAN FRANCISCO - Federal investigators began a criminal investigation into San Francisco Bay's worst oil spill in nearly two decades by questioning crew members of a container ship that struck the Bay Bridge, ripping a gash in its fuel tank.

Anja M (81)
Monday November 12, 2007, 2:03 pm
NOTED, Thank you for letting me know.

JoAnna B (386)
Monday November 12, 2007, 2:59 pm
I did sign the petition..
Friends of the Earth also has a petition to ban this type of fuel. Go to :

Ali Hirst (286)
Monday November 12, 2007, 3:03 pm
Thanks again MZB..for the update. These people should be charged.

JoAnna B (386)
Tuesday November 13, 2007, 8:36 am
NEWS:Oil spill spells catastrophe for Russian coast ~Mon Nov 12, 12:31 PM ET
Please visit site...
Spilt fuel oil coated birds in a thick black sludge along a vast expanse of coastline in the northern mouth of the Black Sea, near Russia's border with Ukraine.
"The damage is so huge it can hardly be evaluated. It can be compared to an ecological catastrophe,"
When and how will this end?
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