Press Release

Assemblyman Jared Huffman and San Francisco Baykeeper To Hold Marin Town Hall Meeting on Oil Spill Response

Contact 
Deb Self, San Francisco Baykeeper, 415-856-0444 x108, cell: 510-882-1882

Who: San Francisco Baykeeper and Assemblyman Jared Huffman

What: Town Hall Meeting on Government and Community Response to the Cosco Busan Oil Spill Where: Stinson Beach Community Center

When: Saturday, December 15 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Stinson Beach, CA – Baykeeper is analyzing how well oil response plans worked to protect sensitive areas like Bolinas Lagoon. Baykeeper and Assemblyman Jared Huffman will hold a town hall meeting this Saturday, December 15, from 10am - 12pm at the Stinson Beach Community Center. We want to hear testimony from Marin County residents and officials who took part in efforts to respond to the oil spill – including attempts to boom Bolinas Lagoon.

We will review the Area Contingency Plan as it relates to sensitive sites in Marin County and hear testimony on whether those protocols were followed, when they were deployed and whether alternative approaches were tried. Baykeeper hopes to identify technology, staffing, communication and funding gaps, as well as any lack of clarity in authority for local agency responsibilities during spill response. Finally, we hope to hear some testimony on the experience of volunteers who participated in beach cleanups and official trainings.

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Founded in 1989, Baykeeper is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the water quality of the San Francisco Bay and Pacific near-shore environment for the benefit of the fish, wildlife and the human communities who depend on it. Baykeeper uses advocacy, science and litigation to hold polluters accountable and enforce our clean water laws. www.baykeeper.org