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The November 2007 Oil Spill in the Bay Area Data

There are a number of websites with information related to the November 2007 spilling 58,000 gallons of bunker oil in the Bay Area when the container ship M/V Cosco Busan struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Spills and Events: Cosco Busan Spill site run by the California Department of Fish and Game contains information and updates about the environmental impacts and mitigation responses to the November 2007 oil spill. It includes fact sheet, maps, and links to slideshow of oil spill response images.

Citizen Oil Spill Response website maintained by Baykeeper, a nonprofit organization concerned with the protection and restoration of water quality in the San Francisco, provides details about volunteer activities. It includes alerts about training opportunities and action alerts, and links to background about the spill and cleanup and restoration efforts.

Incident News site "provides publicly available information related to oil and hazardous material spills, both current and historical." It lists various documents for the incident in Bay Area, rescue of wayward humpback whales in California's Sacramento River, and many other incidents back to 1967. It is developed and maintained by the Emergency Response Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Response and Restoration.

Oiled Wildlife Care Network Frequently Asked Questions address topics about the effect of oil on birds and marine mammals, such as toxicity, long-term effects, wildlife reproduction, and rehabilitation time for oiled birds. It provides an overview of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, which "is a joint program between the California Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response and the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Health Center," and includes network organization through the state.

National Response Center website would be a good source of information regarding past environmental disasters; however the most current info listed there is from October, 2007 and does not include the Bay Area incident yet. It contains background on the response system, summaries of significant environmental and terrorist incidents reported to the center (back to 2004), incident statistics (including by type and by cause, back to 1991), and related documents and data.

From: Internet Librarians' Index

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