Baylands still spared from oil spill

Experts unsure if oil is headed south

Palo Alto's Baylands remains oil free, Senior Ranger Daren Anderson said Wednesday afternoon, minutes after he had completed a six-hour kayak tour of the shore.

"I didn't find any oil, thank goodness, or any birds with oil," Anderson said. He plans to keep monitoring the shore.

Anderson went all the way north to Cooley Landing in East Palo Alto.

Open Space and Parks Manager Greg Betts said in an internal memo that city staff are keeping in contact with Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District staff and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists who monitor the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge.

If any oily birds are found, Betts said they will be taken to the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Cordelia. City staff are prepared to catch and transport affected wildlife humanely, Betts said.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Coast Guard Unified Command said Wednesday that oil has reached Redwood City and she did not know if it was expected to spread farther south.

A map produced Tuesday by the California Dept. of Fish and Game, however, depicts the Palo Alto Baylands in red, indicating the shoreline is closed.

Kayakers and windsurfers can still use the Palo Alto Sailing Station, according to Betts' memo.

  • Fishing is now banned in San Francisco Bay

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    Posted by No-Good-Deed
    a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
    on Nov 13, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    The following snippet comes from the Marin IJ:

    Web Link
    Muir Beach man cited for cleaning beach
    Paul Liberatore

    No good deed goes unpunished.

    At least that's how Muir Beach resident Sigward Moser felt Friday after he says he was threatened with a Taser gun, forced to the ground and handcuffed by a National Park Service ranger for refusing to stop cleaning up the oily beach beneath his home.

    Incredible .. but true.

    Like this comment
    Posted by Sean
    a resident of Midtown
    on Nov 13, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Around 1970 there was a big oil spill, and many people, including myself, showed up to help with the cleanup. I went to Stinson Beach.

    While various officials debated about what to do, the big old redneck bulldozer driver, smoking his cigar, jumped off his rig and said, "Any of your folks wanna clean up this goodam beach? If so, I'm diggin' a trench, you throw the tar into the trench, then I will circle back and push it into a pile. Then I will get the backhoe and put it into the goddam truck and get it outta here".

    He started his rig, dup a trench, and we all followed his lead. The beach was clean in about three hours.

    Like this comment
    Posted by Ronald L.
    a resident of Downtown North
    on Nov 13, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    I wish it were possible to string something along the Dumbarton, or the
    old railroad bridge, to keep some of this oil out of the Southbay.

    Like this comment
    Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
    a resident of Midtown
    on Nov 13, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    I listened to the warning issued about the "hazardous" oil.
    Bunker C will not come off of shoes or clothing, and only with difficulty from tools, but you can always set them aside for the next spill. The cleanup specialists are trying to keep the volunteers away because they bill big bucks. Sean has it right. {Hope he isn't Madonna's ex]

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    Posted by Bo
    a resident of Meadow Park
    on Nov 13, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    That's right, Ronald L., let's keep that nasty oil out of our backyards! We're special in the South Bay, and we don't deserve oil spoiling our precious land. We're better than those wackos up in SF, and even those people of questionable integrity just up the road in Redwood City. I agree that we should allocate an emergency fund of at least $40-50 million to keep that oil away from us, because we're better than everyone else and deserve protection.

    If even one drop of oil makes it past the Dumbarton, I'll be the first to sue!!!

    Like this comment
    Posted by joe
    a resident of Barron Park
    on Nov 13, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    Get a grip, Bo. The more places that can be kept oil free, the safer the environment.

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