SF to Google: Move Your 'Mystery Barge'
SF Bay structure 'needs to move,' state says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2014 12:53 AM CST
Updated Feb 4, 2014 3:03 AM CST
The Google barge is seen on Treasure Island in San Francisco.    (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – Google is going to have to start searching for a new site for the "mystery barge" it has had parked in San Francisco Bay for months. Local officials following up on complaints found that neither the city nor the Treasure Island Development Authority had applied for the necessary permits for construction of the floating four-story structure. "It needs to move," a San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission official tells the AP.

Officials say Google can move the barge to a nearby construction facility. The barge project had another setback last November when the Coast Guard said additional permits were required, the BBC notes. Google has remained fairly tight-lipped about its plans for the barge in the bay and another moored off Portland, Maine, though last fall it issued a statement saying it was exploring "using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology."

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Ezekiel 25:17
Feb 4, 2014 4:29 PM CST
It is a horrible drain on the local ecology. One of those hoses leak sewage into the bay. The power needed to run it is from local gas fired plants. Being a data center, it uses a lot of air conditioning and pretty much dirties up any green considerations. The barge alone uses around 1000kva power. It has 2000 horsepower of diesel powered motors to run the thing when power outages happen. That's a carbon footprint the size of the city. Its an arrogant display of monetary success in the "damn torpedoes full speed ahead" mentality of Google.
Scott603
Feb 4, 2014 4:10 PM CST
Google has 20,000 employees in the bay area and pays millions in taxes. And they get told "move your ugly barge!" So.... the moral of the story is, now you know exactly how much city hall cares about you!
Daddy Dave
Feb 4, 2014 9:12 AM CST
That barge sure has the vague outline of the old HMB - Hughes Mining Barge - from CIA days in Redwood City. Is it roughly the same length as a Russian nuclear submarine from the 70's?