SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CA – A public health notice has been issued due to an oil spill in San Francisco Bay. The oil flowed into the bay from the Chevron Refinery in Richmond for about two hours, but has now been stopped, according to a statement from the refinery.
County Supervisor John Goia reports that oil leaked at a rate of 5 gallons per minute.
The burial takes place at Chevron Richmond Long Wharf. Emergency teams are on site, others are on the way, including state and federal authorities.
Chevron Richmond statement: pic.twitter.com/jUTqMdIXE1
– Chevron Richmond (@ChevronRichmond) February 10, 2021
The Public Health Advisory currently covers parts of Richmond, North Richmond, and San Pablo.
According to Contra Costa Public Health, “some people may experience eye, skin, nose or throat irritation in the affected area.”
There is currently a 5 gallon per minute petroleum product leak at Chevron Richmond Long Wharf. Chevron & Fire Agency on site and about to boom the leak. County HazMat on the route. A Public Health Advisory applies to Richmond, San Pablo and N. Richmond. Pic.twitter.com/6HWKocfgLR
– John Joy (@supejohngioia) February 10, 2021
The overhead video from communication helicopters shows a spreading shine on the surface of the water.
The largest oil spill in San Francisco history was in 1971, when more than 800,000 gallons of fuel were spilled when two oil tankers collided. In November 2007, more than 53,000 gallons of oil were spilled into the bay when the container ship Cosco Busan hit the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in thick fog.
The 50th anniversary of the 1971 oil spill was last month, January 18. This oil spill led to the establishment of the International Bird Rescue in Berkeley.
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– Written by Patch Editors Bea Karnes and Maggie Fusek