Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for November 4, 2009

Baykeeper Patrols the Bay, Continues Investigation into Response Efforts

First, the good news: San Francisco Baykeeper’s Tuesday boat patrol of the Central Bay revealed no oil slick remaining on the Bay and no oil on the shorelines of Treasure Island or Emeryville_mudflatsAngel Island. At the Emeryville mudflats, a state-designated sensitive site that was at risk for oiling, Baykeeper saw protective boom placed around the area and no evidence of oil on the booms.

Unfortunately, we have received additional reports of oiled wildlife, expanding the species impacted to loons, Surf scoters and Clark's grebes. Additionally, we have an unconfirmed report of oiled shorelines in San Leandro Bay, which previously had seemed to escape the spread of oil.

While we saw some improvements in communication with local government officials and the media, Baykeeper is concerned about a growing list of possible errors – such as the fueling unit’s apparent failure to boom the boat within 30 minutes of the spill, as required by California law. We also will be investigating the inadequacy of booms to protect the Alameda shoreline, including the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary, Arrowhead Marsh and the Alameda and Bay Farm eelgrass beds. (See Baykeeper’s map of sensitive sites in the Bay impacted by the Dubai Star oil spill.)

Baykeeper will continue to monitor ongoing response efforts and evaluate the actions taken after the spill, and we will provide updates as more information becomes available. For more frequent updates, sign up on Baykeeper's Facebook page and Twitter feed. Please consider making a gift to Baykeeper in support of our efforts to protect the Bay from oil spills. Thank you for your continued support of a healthy San Francisco Bay.