UPDATED 9:18 AM PT – Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Authorities in Northern California are working to clean up a massive oil spill in the San Francisco Bay. According to officials, 600 gallons of petroleum leaked into the bay on Tuesday afternoon from a Chevron refinery.
The spill reportedly came from a leak in an underground pipe and officials are trying to determine what happened. Fire crews, the Coast Guard and hazmat teams are working to contain the leak.
“There is a boon that has been placed around the oil in the water,” stated John Gioia, Contra Costa County supervisor. “Unfortunately, some petroleum product has washed ashore along the Richmond shoreline, which, of course, has devastating impacts on bird life and marine life in the area.”
3) sensitive respiratory conditions to stay indoors to avoid irritation.
Full investigation will occur. I spoke to @BuffyWicks tonight and she plans to introduce a bill to increase fines and penalties in order to provide more effective deterrence.
This is unacceptable! pic.twitter.com/gA6WGvNtEx
— John Gioia (@supejohngioia) February 10, 2021
Health officials said they will continue to monitor air quality in the area, but said there’s no major health threat at this time.