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.
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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.
SFGate.com: Cosco Busan pilot hit with two felony charges of lying about his meds
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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It appears that the Albany Beach will remain closed for today. There are no new updates on the City of Albany website but ebparks.org 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.