Friday, November 09, 2007

SF Bay Oil Spill

At approximately 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, a container ship struck the Bay Bridge in heavy fog, spilling nearly 1,380 barrels (approximately 58,000 gallons) of heavy bunker fuel oil into the bay. As of Thursday evening, 9,500 gallons had been recovered. There has not been any oil reported along the San Mateo County coast, and the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services reports that the spill is "unlikely" to move into San Mateo County Bay waters at this time. Click here for a map of the affected areas.

Brisbane City staff have been participating in San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services (SMC OES) conference calls to monitor the spill’s movement and to pre-order containment materials that will be deployed, should the spill move towards Brisbane. SMC OES is participating in Regional OES conference calls, and has also deployed a district coordinator to the Oil Spill Command Post (a Unified Command consisting of the Coast Guard, CA Dept. of Fish and Game and others established to respond to this emergency). Additionally, the SMC OES has their boat and plane mobilized to provide first-hand, dedicated reconnaissance to address any of the spill's movements.

Oil Spill Reporting:

Oiled Wildlife Reporting Hotline: 877-823-6926
Oil Sighting and Claims: 888-850-8486
Public Info Hotline & Media Inquiries: 415-399-7305

Volunteers have not been requested for clean-up operations or wildlife rescue. Please see Oiled Wildlife Care Network concerning this matter. Also, if you see an oiled animal, please do not approach it or touch it, as even the fumes can cause dizziness in high concentrations. Call 877-UCD-OWCN instead.

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