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2011-12-27 08:38:22

The 2007 Cosco Busan disaster, which spilled 54,000 gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay, had an unexpectedly lethal impact on embryonic fish, devastating a commercially and ecologically important species for nearly two years, reports a new study by the University of California, Davis, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The study, to be published the week of Dec. 26 in the early edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that...

2010-02-19 15:19:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fleet Management Ltd. was ordered to pay $10 million today for its role in causing the Cosco Busan oil discharge and a subsequent cover-up after the ship struck the San Francisco Bay Bridge in November 2007, the Justice Department announced. Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, pursuant to the plea agreement, ordered $2 million of the total $10 million monetary assessment to be devoted to fund marine...

2009-08-13 16:06:00

Fleet Mgt. Ltd. Agrees to Pay $10 Million for Pollution and Obstruction Crimes WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fleet Management Ltd., a Hong Kong-based ship management firm, pleaded guilty today to a criminal violation of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 for its role in negligently causing the discharge of more than 50,000 gallons of fuel oil into San Francisco Bay from the Cosco Busan when the vessel struck the San Francisco Bay Bridge in dense fog on Nov. 7, 2007. Fleet...

2009-07-17 16:43:00

Pilot Sentenced to Serve 10 Months in Federal Prison WASHINGTON, July 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- John Joseph Cota, the pilot who caused the Cosco Busan, a 900-foot long container ship, to collide with the San Francisco Bay Bridge and discharge approximately 53,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay, was today sentenced to serve 10 months in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston for the Northern District of California, the Justice Department announced. Cota, who...

2009-03-06 16:37:00

WASHINGTON, March 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- John Joseph Cota, a California ship pilot, pleaded guilty today to negligently causing the discharge of approximately 53,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay in violation of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, a law enacted in the wake of the Exxon Valdez disaster. Cota, who piloted the M/V Cosco Busan when it hit the San Francisco Bay Bridge on Nov. 7, 2007, also pleaded guilty today to violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act for the death...

2008-09-08 06:00:11

By Paul Rogers Nearly a year after a Chinese freighter collided with the Bay Bridge, dumping more than 50,000 gallons of bunker fuel into San Francisco Bay, Bay Area lawmakers have succeeded in passing the most sweeping oil spill reforms in California since the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. Eleven of the 13 oil spill bills introduced in Sacramento this year cleared the Legislature by the Aug. 31 deadline, according to a MediaNews analysis. It remains unclear how many Gov. Arnold...

2008-07-25 00:00:27

By Jennifer Upshaw, The Marin Independent Journal, Novato, Calif. Jul. 24--Trainees from two-dozen federal, state and local agencies converged Thursday at the mouth of Bolinas Lagoon to test oil spill skills as they prepared for the next disaster. The emergency response drill coordinated by the Marin County Parks and Open Space Department capped several days of classroom training aimed at preparing participants for a spill. "This is the process having evolved from the lessons that...

2008-07-23 21:00:26

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. _ Federal prosecutors charged the shipping company that employed the crew of the Cosco Busan with falsifying documents to cover up its negligence in the November spill that poured more than 50,000 gallons of heavy fuel into the Bay. The indictment says the ship's crew and its supervisors made up detailed voyage plans after the spill to make it appear those plans were onboard when the cargo ship struck the Bay Bridge. But, the indictment contends, the ship only had...

2008-07-23 15:00:50

To: LEGAL AFFAIRS EDITORS Contact: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs, +1- 202-514-2007, TDD +1-202-514-1888 Fleet Management Ltd. Charged With Pollution and Cover-Up in San Francisco Bay Oil Discharge Case WASHINGTON, July 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A federal grand jury in San Francisco returned a second superseding indictment charging Fleet Management Limited, a Hong Kong ship management company, with negligently causing the discharge of 50,000 gallons of oil from...

2008-06-22 03:00:12

By Anonymous ECOLOGY Imagine if someone put a superhighway through Yosemite National Park. That is exactly what is happening just outside California's Golden Gate, asserts Robert Ovetz, executive director of Seaflow: Protect Our Living Oceans, Sausalito, Calif. "Our Yosemites on the sea are being used as on-ramps to the global economy and, as long as this continues, we can expect more and worse Cosco Busan spills." (On Nov. 7, 2007, in a heavy fog, the 900-foot container ship Cosco Busan...