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Oil Two Miles from the spill | by gcquinn
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Oil Two Miles from the spill

Black, gooey and irridescent and bound to hurt sealife. Breaks my heart to see it. This is me at lunchtime looking down next to my foot trying to find the oil spill that has befouled San Francisco Harbor with 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel. I photographed it looking down at my feet where this three-inch blob was one of may befouling the high tide mark. The spill happened on Tuesday Morning when a huge container vessel side-swiped one of the huge support Piers for the Oakland Bay Bridge (a multiple spanned suspension bridge larger than the Golden Gate Bridge), tearing a huge gash in its side. It happened in deep fog with an experienced harbor pilot at the helm. The Coast Guard originally reported a mere 140 gallon spill but abruptly changed that 11 hours later (!) to 48,000 gallons. It is my impression that this discrepancy delayed the cleanup, but this is controversial to say the least. Birds were the first hurt and I believe the number rescued so far is in low numbers. The damage will be on-going though as the oil sinks and fouls the crab fishery and subsurface sea life.

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Taken on November 9, 2007