The container ship that spilled 58,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay was cleared to sail today — but it's not going very far.
However, there is a so-called “customs hold” on the ship, meaning it can't leave the area. Further, a federal lawsuit against owner Regal Stone has the ship tied up in a legal limbo.
The accident occurred Nov. 7 when the ship sideswiped a support tower of the Bay Bridge, tearing a 230-foot gash on its side and puncturing its fuel tanks.
The shipping fuel quickly spread inside and outside the bay, fouling miles of coastline and killing thousands of birds.