Update on Bay Area Oil Spill


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Things are looking a lot better for the residents and the birds of Northern California, twelve days after the 58,000-gallon oil spill near the Bay Bridge.

On Friday, thirty-eight birds that had been taken in for oil cleanup were released at Pillar Point, an area not affected by the oil spill. Many beaches have been re-opened, and a lot more are scheduled to re-open today, thanks to the non-stop work of cleanup crews, both paid and unpaid.

During the last ten days, the cleanup crews have managed to collect about 16,750 gallons of the spilt oil, some of which will be recycled. 580 gallons has been dispersed naturally. An additional 4,060 gallons of oil seems to have evaporated. The rest of the 58,000 gallons (can you calculate how much?) is thought to have sunk to the bottom of the ocean in the form of tar balls. While over 700 birds have died, 804 live oiled birds have been rescued, of which 244 have already been released.

The most heartening thing about this disaster is how the local community (people) has come together to help. Volunteers are outnumbering paid workers by 50%. This is especially commendable, given that people have to undergo four hours of training to learn how to handle toxic substances like oil. During the weekend's beach cleanup so many people showed up that only a "lucky" few could help pick up globs of tar.

More than 1,500 volunteers have undergone the four-hour training to remove the bunker oil from the beach. Even more are volunteering at the bird rescue sites. While the cleanup will continue for at least another month, a lot has already been done, and hopefully, the damage has been contained as much as possible.

Below watch an interesting video on how the birds are cleaned:

Sources: Marinij.com,SFgate.com

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  • awsome2over 5 years
    i feel so bad
    • fabover 5 years
      SO SAD
      • abigail902
        abigail902over 6 years
        sad and good at the same time
        • akgalmost 7 years
          I LOVE nature!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So sad
          • AxisHunter77almost 7 years
            We need to help clean the ocean an dont spill oil
            • hiover 7 years
              sad very sad
              • Hanna Calialmost 8 years
                This is a very heartbreaking story because I feel bad for the birds that were killed in the oil spill who would cause all this damage to the environment because whatever it is it's hurting it's self because it is part of the environment
                • schlindlyneb
                  schlindlynebalmost 8 years
                  I am glad that the people living in this area recovered but to stop using oil and gas.t we must do something to prevent on having this situation again and I think the best solution is to stop using oil and other non-renewable sources.Not only they are polluting Earth causing greenhouse effect and our safety but if we keep on using non-renewable sources we won't be able to breathe and stay on Earth.
                  • smileyguy246
                    smileyguy246almost 8 years
                    • Monkey Manover 8 years
                      We can do better than this!