Nov 02 2008

Cosco Busans Lasting Impact

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San Francisco Chronicle follows up on Cosco Busans Impact.

“There’s no doubt that there were damaging consequences in the bay,” said UC Santa Cruz Professor Pete Raimondi, chair of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department.

Mussels are tested for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, a toxic component of petroleum. They serve as a fingerprint of the Cosco Busan fuel oil, and are used as a gauge for how long the oil remains in the bay. The levels have dropped since the spill, which means there is less oil in the environment. The contaminant, which can affect reproduction and bioaccumulate in the species that feed on it, has remained the longest at Brooks Island off Richmond and near Albany’s sandy beach.

Read more Uncertainty Over Cosco Busan’s Lasting Impact


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Apr 22 2008

Cosco Busan pilot charged with two felony counts

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The pilot of the container ship that struck the Bay Bridge in November and spilled more than 50,000 gallons of fuel oil into San Francisco Bay was charged today with two felony counts of lying in annual physical exams about the medications he was taking. Cosco Busan pilot hit with two felony charges of lying about his meds


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Nov 13 2007

Albany Bulb Open

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Albany Bulb Forever. Welcome Back!

The Albany City website reports that parts of the Albany shoreline will remain closed however the Albany Bulb is now open. Dogs must remain leashed in all park areas and avoid all contact will oil.

Full Details – Albany City Website oil spill update (PDF)

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Nov 12 2007

Oil Spill Updates

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It appears that the Albany Beach will remain closed for today. There are no new updates on the City of Albany website but is reporting “all parks open, some beach access limited”, but then goes on to say the Eastshore State Park is closed November 12. How much of the bulb is part of the Eastshore State Park, I’m not sure, but I believe it is the upper level plateau and the trails that lead out to the lower point (“the bulb”).

On Sunday Nov. 11, Berkeley City issued a proclamation restricting access to all Berkeley waterfront areas until further notice. Visitors are being asked to stay 50 feet away from the shoreline.


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Nov 11 2007

Bay Area Oil Spill News Roundup

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Obstacles in San Francisco Bay put big ships on ‘full alert’ –
Last week’s oil spill shows dangers to Marine traffic

S.F. Bay spill prompts pollution concerns – United Press International

Lingering Consequences: Spill will have far-ranging effects on plants and animals in and around bay for years, scientists fear –

Feinstein: Oil spill response shows disturbing lack of readiness –

Coast Guard Head defends agency response –

Criminal Probe Opened on Bay Oil Spill –

Human Error Blamed in Spill –

Bay Area fishermen voted unanimously Saturday to request a delay of local Dungeness crab season from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger due to concerns regarding the 58,000-gallons of oil spilled into the San Francisco Bay Wednesday.

Oil Spill Closes Berkeley Marina – East Bay Daily News

Oil Spill is a Disaster for Wildlife – East Bay Daily News

Oil Slick Spreads Across the Bay – East Bay Daily News

Oil Spill Closes Local Beaches – Berkeley Daily Planet

Berkeley Marina Closed Due to Oil Spills, Rescue Stations Set Up Along Shoreline – Berkeley Daily Planet

Oil Spill Threatens Bay Area Wildlife –


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