Friday, April 7, 2017

Oil in the Bay

Sunken Barge Leaking Oil into San Francisco Bay
The Coast Guard is at the scene. Efforts are underway to contain the spill.  by Bea Karnes (Patch Staff) - April 7, 2017  Photos via US Coast Guard

BAY AREA, CA — A 112-foot freight barge, the Vengeance, capsized and sank in San Francisco Bay Friday morning. It is leaking diesel fuel and hydraulic oil south of the Bay Bridge.

The Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response are on site. National Response Corporation Emergency Services personnel have been contracted to deploy 3,000 feet of hard boom to encircle the oil spill.

The Coast Guard is enforcing a safety zone in the area to ensure the safety of responders. 

So far, no shoreline or wildlife impact has been reported.

The owners of the sunken barge have contracted Global Diving and Salvage to assess the salvage response and environmental impact. 

The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund has been opened for $50,000 for pollution mitigation. 
A boom is being deployed around an oil spill in San Francisco Bay, south of the Bay Bridge. - Image courtesy US Coast Guard

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