Dubai Star Owners Must Pay $2 Million for S.F. Bay Oil Spill

This is what a $2 million spill looks like

The owners of the Dubai Star oil tanker has to shell out $1.96 million for a 2009 oil spill in the San Francisco Bay that impacted more than 200 acres and killed some 100 seabirds, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said today.

About 75 percent of that cash — which will be divvied up among San Francisco, Oakland, and the California Department of Fish and Game — covers the cost of the damages, including restoring wildlife habitat and recreation areas. The rest of the sum will pay off civil penalties.
The DA's complaint, which also included Alameda

County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, charged South Harmony Shipping of Panama, owners of the Dubai Star, with violating the Lempert-Keene-Seastrand Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act and the Fish & Game Code.  

The problems began just before 6 a.m. on Oct. 30, 2009, when a fueling barge pulled up beside the Dubai Star to pump bunker oil into its tank. The ships were stationed two and a half miles south of the Bay Bridge. What happened next, as the DA's complaint explains it, was a cascade of human and mechanical errors.

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