The owner and operator of an oil tanker that leaked more than 400 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay in 2009 will pay nearly $2 million to local and state authorities in a settlement filed in court Tuesday. Read More
A decommissioned Navy tug boat that is sinking near Richmond has caused an oil spill, the U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday night.
The 205-foot Tug Tiger, moored near Richmond, was discovered to be sinking Sunday.
Officials responding to the scene found a black discharge coming from the tug and surrounded it with three layers of a 22-inch hard boom to contain the pollution, officials said. Global Diving and Salvage will attempt to skim the oil out of the water. Read More
Four years after a container ship sideswiped the Bay Bridge, ripping open and spilling 53,000 gallons of fuel into San Francisco Bay, the people responsible for the spill have agreed to pay up.
Nearly a dozen local, state and federal agencies, and some local nonprofits, will be paid $44.4 million for the cost of responding to the spill and to continue restoration work in the Bay. Read More
WHAT: BP paid state and local governments more than $754 million in the year since the Gulf oil spill. And many coastal politicians squandered tens of millions of dollars on gadgets, vehicles and gear that had little to do with the cleanup.WHERE: Biloxi, Miss., bought a dozen SUVs. Ocean Springs, Miss., bought Tasers for reserve police officers. Florida’s tourism agency sent pieces of its $32 million grant to Atlantic Coast counties, which were never befouled by oil. Read More
President Obama glowingly praised Energy Secretary Steven Chu today for, "actually deserving his Nobel prize" and curiously credited him with designing the final cap that eventually plugged the BP oil spill. "I sent Energy Secretary Chu down to BP offices and he designed the cap that worked, had BP build and construct it." Obama said praising Chu's abilities. Read More
A new Coast Guard report accused the White House and the Department of Homeland Security of having “severely restricted ... timely, accurate information” about last summer’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “Several layers of review and approval ... hindered the Coast Guard’s ability” to deliver “timely and effective crisis communications,” the report said. Read More
The U.S. Coast Guard is assessing a fuel leak in San Francisco Bay after a barge ran aground near San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club on Tuesday morning.The unmanned barge, which was being pushed by a tugboat, became stuck on a shallow part of the Bay near the yacht club’s entrance at around 7:30 a.m., U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Lt. j.g. Laura Williams said.The barge has the capacity to hold 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, Williams said. Read More
The U.S. Coast Guard is assessing a fuel leak in San Francisco Bay after a barge ran aground near San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club on Tuesday.
The unmanned barge, which was being pushed by a tugboat, became stuck on a shallow part of the Bay near the yacht club’s entrance around 7:30 a.m., U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Lt. j.g. Laura Williams said.
The barge has the capacity to hold 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, Williams said. Read More
Federal investigators are pushing back against criticism they aren't doing enough to keep companies involved in the Gulf oil spill away from any hands-on role in the forensic analysis of a key piece of equipment that failed to keep crude from entering the sea. Read More