Posted by: barn owl | January 31, 2008

Toxics Thursday: November Fuel Spill in SF Bay

oiled wildlife

In early November 2007, 58,000 gallons of heavy fuel were spilled into San Francisco Bay, from a South Korea-bound tanker that had struck a support of the Bay Bridge. After sweeping under the Golden Gate Bridge, the spill entered the Pacific Ocean, and fouled beaches north of San Francisco, in Marin County. Dozens of oiled seabirds were the immediate victims, and countless other marine vertebrates and invertebrates have been harmed by the toxic fuel.

I took the photo of the warning sign while visiting friends in the Bay area in late November 2007; Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

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