Overheard in Fog City
FCJ Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
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November 15, 2007, 9:31 a.m.
Congress to conduct oil spill hearing in San Francisco
According to a reliable source, a congressional hearing to address
procedures for dealing with oil spills will be held Monday in
The hearing comes in response to last week's oil spill in the
San Francisco Bay after a container ship, the Cosco Busan, went
off course and crashed into the Bay Bridge.
The hearing will be chaired by Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md)
of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md)
I am very concerned that the Coast Guard was apparently
unaware of the extent of this disaster and that they were not
adequately prepared to handle a spill of this magnitude,"
Cummings wrote in a November 9 statement. "There is an extreme
difference between the 140 gallons of spilled oil initially reported
by the Coast Guard and the nearly 60,000 gallons that we now hear
have been spilled.
For this reason, the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard
and Maritime Transportation will hold a hearing as soon as the
Congressional schedule permits. This hearing will examine the
adequacy of the system for reporting oil spills and the effectiveness
of the Coast Guard response. We must determine how to best prevent
such devastation from occurring in the future," Cummings
The meeting will be held Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Golden
Gate Club, 337
Fisher Loop, in the Presidio.
Though the Presidio is not easily accessible, members of the
public are encouraged to attend the hearing.
Public transportation and driving directions available here.