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Massive oil spill spreads down to Redwood City

The oil spill from a ship that struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge last week is now as far south in the bay as Redwood City, according to a spokeswoman at the U.S. Coast Guard unified command and information center responsible for monitoring and cleaning up the spill.

But there is no prediction on how much further south the spill may travel and whether it will effect the Palo Alto Baylands, according to the Coast Guard.

The southern extent of the spill, which had largely affected the bay near San Francisco, was discovered last night.

Palo Alto park rangers are monitoring the baylands for effects from the oil spill, although there haven't been any yet.

The ship that struck the bridge was damaged and released 58,000 gallons of fuel into the bay. Part of the spill has traveled out of the bay and has affected Point Reyes.

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Massive oil spill spreads down to Redwood City

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The oil spill from a ship that struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge last week is now as far south in the bay as Redwood City, according to a spokeswoman at the U.S. Coast Guard unified command and information center responsible for monitoring and cleaning up the spill.

But there is no prediction on how much further south the spill may travel and whether it will effect the Palo Alto Baylands, according to the Coast Guard.

The southern extent of the spill, which had largely affected the bay near San Francisco, was discovered last night.

Palo Alto park rangers are monitoring the baylands for effects from the oil spill, although there haven't been any yet.

The ship that struck the bridge was damaged and released 58,000 gallons of fuel into the bay. Part of the spill has traveled out of the bay and has affected Point Reyes.

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    Comments

    No-Good-Deed
    Another Palo Alto neighborhood
    on Nov 13, 2007 at 1:54 pm
    No-Good-Deed, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
    on Nov 13, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    The following snippet comes from the Marin IJ:

    Web Link
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    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.


    Sean
    Midtown
    on Nov 13, 2007 at 2:01 pm
    Sean, 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.


    Ronald L.
    Downtown North
    on Nov 13, 2007 at 2:19 pm
    Ronald L., 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.


    Walter_E_Wallis
    Midtown
    on Nov 13, 2007 at 6:34 pm
    Walter_E_Wallis, 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]


    Bo
    Meadow Park
    on Nov 13, 2007 at 8:51 pm
    Bo, 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!!!


    joe
    Barron Park
    on Nov 13, 2007 at 9:44 pm
    joe, 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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