New Spill in Bay Area
Although not nearly so voluminous as the spill released by the Exxon Valdez, wildlife experts believe that the San Francisco Bay area could be contaminated for years following the spill on Wednesday of 58,000 gallons from a container vessel bound for South Korea.
The ship was not a tanker, but when it struck a pylon supporting the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in dense fog, its hull was gashed, releasing its heavy fuel into the water.
Not only is the spill bad for wildlife, but it is bad for beachgoers. At least eight beaches in the area were closed until the spill could be contained. Perhaps the most serious impact of the spill is likely to be the damage to fish stocks which will have a cascading effect on the livelihood of area fishermen.