Posts Tagged ‘spill’

BP Official: “I Would Serve Gulf Fish to My Family” – After Two Decades, Life Imitates The Simpsons

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Let’s see what BP C.O.O. Doug Suttles had to say on August 1, 2010:

“BP’s chief operating officer says he would eat fish from the Gulf of Mexico and would let his family eat it, too.”

Now, let’s see what nuclear power plant owner C. Montgomery Burns had to say on November 1, 1990:

“This fish is a miracle of nature. With a taste that can’t be beat. [rubs his tummy]  Mmm-mm!”

Marge carries the entree to the table:  It’s fish.  Three-eyed. Monty reluctantly hands over his plate, and Marge serves him the head. Burns reluctantly takes a forkful, chews, then spits it out. The piece of fish flies across the room.  Cameras flash furiously, and the media leave, all before the fish hits the floor. Within minutes, word is out, and Monty’s campaign is ruined.”

Fell Street ARCO Gas Station Protest Attracts Lots of Attention

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Well the “possible arrests” didn’t occur last Friday evening down at the famous Fell Street ARCO station near Divisidero, but lots of media vans showed for the “misdirected” protest, so that’s something. Read all about it here, here and here.

This Toyota driver got hectored so much other drivers were able to jump the queue. Pwned:

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This driver waiting for gas also got hectored for talking a on a cell phone the wrong way:

“ARCO – part of BP” - this slogan could use a rethink:

Most cyclists in the evening drive managed to get by and on into the Panhandle:

Everything got back to normal by today, anyway.

They say a fix is coming (and what about the route from the Panhandle to Scott Street and the start of the Wiggle Bike Path? Who will protest that?)…

The U.S. Coast Guard Ships Out of the Bay Area to Help with the BP Oil Spill

Friday, June 4th, 2010

The Bay Area-based USCGC Aspen Seagoing Buoy Tender just took off for Florida to help out with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

As she looked yesterday on her way to the Panama Canal and beyond:

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Check the video:

SAN FRANCISCO – Lt. Cmdr. Roy Burbaker, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Aspen, discusses the oil spill response capabilities of the cutter as crewmembers prepare to deploy to the Gulf of Mexico to provide clean up and operational support for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, June 3, 2010. With a crew of 34 and seven officers, the Aspen is one of the most technologically advanced cutters in the Coast Guard fleet, capable of providing on-the-water skimming operations. The Aspen is a versatile ship that can be used for pollution response, command and control, logistics, or other roles in addition to her primary missions of maintaining aids to navigation, search and rescue, and law enforcement. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Pamela J. Manns

All the deets:

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard Cutter Aspen, a 225-foot sea-going buoy tender homeported at Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco, deployed to the Gulf of Mexico to assist with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response today.

The Aspen is a versatile ship that can be used for pollution response, command and control, logistics, or other roles in addition to her primary missions of maintaining aids to navigation, search and rescue, and law enforcement. The cutter has the capability to deploy the skimming and oil containment equipment known as the Spilled Oil Recovery System(SORS). The cutter’s crew of 41 joins over 180 California-based Coast Guard personnel who have been assigned to Deepwater Horizon oil spill duty. Two skimming systems and 9,500 feet of boom based in California have also been sent to the region.

“The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a national disaster,” said Rear Adm. Joseph Castillo, commander of the 11th Coast Guard District headquartered here. “We’re going to help in any way we can. The American people and Gulf Coast citizens deserve our strong support.”

Responding to disasters is an important Coast Guard mission. California-based Coast Guard personnel, aircraft, vessels and equipment have regularly deployed to disasters such as the Haitian earthquake, California wildfires, floods, tsunamis, and other major response and relief operations. Some 5,300 active duty and 929 reserve Coast Guard personnel are based in California.

Shore-based maintenance teams and other West Coast buoy tenders will cover the Aspen’s aids-to-navigation duties while the cutter is deployed to the Gulf of Mexico. The ship is expected to be deployed for several months.

Bon Courage.

“Coast Guard Scoops Up Oil in San Francisco Bay” – Really AP, Really?

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

The news of the day from the Associated Press: Coast Guard scoops up oil in San Francisco Bay

Except that the smallest branch of the United States military doesn’t actually scoop up spilled oil in San Francisco Bay - there’s a whole industry dedicated to doing that. And if you listen to the Coast Guard, they’ll tell you that, ad nauseum. Oh well.

The Coasties are handling this spill better than that one from the Cosco Busan. Hurray! That’s good practice for The Big Oil Spill in our future:

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The Pacific Responder and the Ocean Liberty, along with smaller vessels, are out there right now, between San Francisco and the tip of Alameda Island that’s, oddly enough, also part of the City of San Francisco.

Anyway, the USCG don’t scoop up oil.

And keep up the good work, 11th District. Just try to resist the urge to lie to us for no reason, and you’ll do fine.  

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Carry on…

Hazelwood and Valdez Together in San Francisco, Where’s Exxon Ave?

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Let’s journey to insular, “secretive subdivision” Westwood Highlands, on the slopes of Mount Davidson. Now whoever laid out and named the streets there must have had a sense of humor, because Hazelwood Avenue and Valdez Avenue are together forever, entwined through the ages.

Hazelwood, of course, was the captain of the oil-tanker Valdez when it spilled its guts all over Prince William Sound and beyond two decades ago. It was like the Cosco Busan oil spill excepting that it involved about 200 times as much petroleum. 

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So that might be on your mind the next time you visit this small neighborhood of “minimal bungalows.”

Another thing that might strike you about Westwood Highlands was that it was one of the earliest planned residential communities in the United States, where property owners all would agree to be governed by a commons set of controls and restrictions. At the very least, that means “No Black People” is what that means.  

Of course WestHigh wasn’t the only place in the world where this was the case, but it’s sort of funny when “born and raised in San Francisco” NIMBYs start talking about all the rules and customs they honor, they always leave this history out.

Here you go, this is typical. Just substitute “black people” for “in-law apartments” and “white people” for “single-family.”

IN-LAW UNIT AMNESTY
“Editor — Mayor Willie Brown’s recent re-election pledge to attempt to legalize the city’s illegal in-law apartments is unjust. Almost a hundred years ago many of San Francisco’s neighborhoods were designed and zoned for single-family use.

Our neighborhood, Westwood Highlands Homeowners, was so designated in 1924. Its status as such is further ensured by the mandatory covenants, controls and restrictions to which all Westwood Highlands residents must agree. Moreover, Proposition M, the voter mandate that states that the diversity of San Francisco’s neighborhoods be preserved, would be violated under this amnesty plan. People who move to single-family areas like ours because they enjoy the safety, convenience, parking and uncongested atmosphere that our single-family tracts have to offer have every right to do so.

In recent years, several city politicians have floated this illegal unit amnesty plan. In every case the plans have been abandoned. Mayor Brown should also give up on this unfair, unwise and unjust idea.

DAVID BISHO
President, Westwood Highlands Homeowners Association San Francisco”

You see? It’s the same argument. “My neighborhood was founded on the idea of ______, therefore it can never change.”

Little pink bungalo houses, for you and me and all the other pink people, and let’s keep it that way, for as long as we can, for as long as we can…

Kaboom! MUNI Bus Engine Blows Up, Spilling 32 Quarts of Oil All Over Geary

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

This was the scene today in the Inner Richmond on Geary Boulevard - artic 38 Geary bus #6243 had its biodiesel engine spill its guts on the street right in front of the Mel’s Drive-In. That shiny black stuff isn’t coolant, it’s 32 or so quarts of motor oil. It got tracked around a bit by impatient drivers.

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The mechanic sent to help got started spreading sawdust with a quickness so the oil wouldn’t get into the sewer system. He was looking forward to the hazmat team showing up, it appeared.

Maybe the engine threw a rod or something. It’s soul is probably already up at the MUNI service yard in the sky.

Cosco Busan Update – Where Are the Missing Birds of the Presidio?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Well the chickens are still coming home to roost with the whole Cosco Busan Oil Spill of 2007. For example, the Presidio is missing some birds, per the most recent Audobon Christmas Bird Count.

“Only one Surf Scoter, a common sea duck, was found around the Presidio. Surf Scoters usually number in the hundreds and speculation is the precipitous drop in their population may be the result of the November 2007 oil spill in the bay.”

Well, that’s not good.

The hummingbirds of El Polin Spring weren’t affected by the spill, but seabirds of the Presidio took a hit

Read all about it, after the jump.

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Jerry Brown Goes After Those Responsible for the Cosco Busan Allision

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Indeed, who is responsible for the Cosco Busan Oil Spill? We’ll find out for sure sooner or later, but the big news today is the filing of a huge lawsuit by Attorney General Jerry Brown. Read the complaint for yourself, why don’t you? It’s pretty accessible. (These lawsuits are starting to pile up, what with City Attorney Dennis Herrera having already filed his suit on behalf of San Francisco.)

Today’s defendants include:

• Regal Stone Ltd.
• Fleet Management Ltd.
• Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd.
• Synergy Management Services
• Synergy Marine Ltd.
• John J. Cota, San Francisco Bar Pilot

The second time is the charm. The famous Cosco Busan, with a patched-up port side, crossing under the Bay Bridge the correct way, back in 2007. Click to expand.

On it goes. Let’s hope this doesn’t happen again anytime soon.

The deets after the jump.

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