Settlement Reached In ’07 San Francisco Bay Spill

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal and state officials say they’ve reached a settlement for the cleanup costs in the 2007 San Francisco Bay oil spill.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and other officials plan to gather Monday afternoon to announce details of the settlement.

The spill happened on the foggy morning of Nov. 7, 2007, when the cargo ship Cosco Busan struck a tower of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The collision spilled more than 53,000 gallons of fuel into the water, fouling the shoreline and killing wildlife.

The ship’s pilot, John Cota, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor pollution charges and got a 10-month prison sentence. The ship’s operator, Fleet Management of Hong Kong, pleaded guilty to a felony obstruction charge and two other counts and was fined $10 million.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


One Comment

  1. rmcsticks says:

    the people of SF will never see one penny of that

  2. James says:

    What do you mean? The $10M fine is not for the people of SF, it is for the government to keep….after all, it is a fine, the people of SF did not file suit, the government did…..

    1. rmcsticks says:

      but the people have to live with the polution for years. fair, not fair not sure, I just get tired of the gov. jumping in like hero’s and just wasting the money.

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