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Oil Tanker Hits San Francisco's Bay Bridge

No oil spill reported after crash

(Newser) - An empty oil tanker sideswiped a tower of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in heavy fog yesterday but the Coast Guard believes no oil was spilled into the bay. A large amount of absorbent boom was deployed as a precaution after the crash, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. There was... More »

Crew Still 'Jailed' Year After SF Bay Spill

Chinese witnesses fight to return to families

(Newser) - Six crew members from the ship crash that caused San Francisco Bay’s largest oil spill in 20 years remain detained a year later, unable to return to families in China. Though they live rent-free in San Francisco, get $1,200 monthly plus their salaries, and are free to roam,... More »

Feds Indict Pilot in SF Oil Spill

Attorney vows to battle misdemeanors, calling them premature

(Newser) - The pilot of a ship that dumped 53,000 gallons of oil in San Francisco Bay last year was indicted today, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. John Cota faces two federal misdemeanor charges, for releasing a pollutant and killing migratory birds; at least 2,000 birds died in the spill.... More »

Slow Response Slammed in SF Bay Oil Disaster

Cleanup lags as contamination sprawls, area residents try to rescue seabirds

(Newser) - As Bay Area residents braved noxious oil to rescue oil-covered seabirds, officials asked why the emergency response to Wednesday's spill had been "unusually slow." The oil slick spread dozens of miles along the San Francisco and Marin coastlines, contaminating beaches and coating marine life, in the hours before... More »

Tanker Crash Spilled 'Nastiest' Oil Into SF Bay

58,000 gallons dumped in collision with bridge; contamination could linger decades

(Newser) - A massive container ship traveling in dense fog crashed into the San Francisco’s Bay Bridge yesterday, spilling 58,000 gallons of noxious oil lethal to marine life. It was unclear whether mechanical or human error was at fault, but a spill cleaner said the bunker fuel oil is “... More »

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