This is a blog for coordination, updates and info regarding the SF oil spill & contamination.
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I'm confused. I desperately want to help clean up this mess, but we're being told that being on the beaches will do more harm b/c the affected birds will be too scared to come to shore to get warm (and then get help from OWCN and any other organizations cleaning the birds). What is your take on this? I greatly appreciate your efforts and would like to join you on Ocean Beach today but not at the expense of killing more of the precious wildlife. Any info you can provide regarding this is much appreciated!
My stance is stand by and listen to the media, or roll up your sleeves and get it done.
I'd say actively cleaning up the mess is FAR more worthwhile than hoping a few birds make it onshore and are seen. Otherwise, they and everything else will continue to be exposed to the mess that's sitting out there... Get out and pitch in!
Good points. Thanks for responding. I'll be there!
I just got back from OB, wind is picking up and getting chilly out there, dress warm. I'm sure all know this but thought I'd mention that the high tide was around 11, so we went to gather all the newly deposited pieces, never ending supply to clean up. If you're going out Monday, high tide is 11:49 amRobin Berman
i was stoked to see how many of us were out there today - what's the ideal time tomorrow do you reckon?
Is there a meeting spot for monday? Also, I saw that there is an EPA training monday from 8-12 in the sunset, any details on where it is located? Thanks.
Has anyone heard about a scheduled pick-up of our trash bags along the high tide line? What organization is supposed to do this?
i heard mention that fish and game were going to pick up the trash bags of goo but i'm not 100% sure. i can call in the morning and see that they have that on their radar unless someone else is managing this??
If anyone wants to comment on film about this spill for a short coastal pollution documentary please contact Ben at email@example.com.We are interested in civilian action in helping this problem. The doc. concerns the state of the ocean from the oceangoers POV...If a little Pee in your wetsuit or Shark activity scares you....What about 58,000gal of toxin??? See you at the clean ups.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6p85dBAKzw
Go Surfrider! I have picking up tar balls everyday since Friday - also tired of the unorganized response. I did see that the City put out yellow bins at Ocean Beach for the waste - finally helping us. Please post where you will be tomorrow (Mon) so I can join you. I was at Sloat this morning around 9am, noticed the oil was in smaller blobs than the last two days, but also noticed that after walking in the tide line, my shoes collected quite a bit of goo that took me a long time to clean afterwards. I recommend booties or plastic bags over your shoes taped around your ankles to help with staying clean.One interesting and sad thing I also noticed - sand dollars are always seen as skeletons - the white smooth disks on the beach. This weekend I've seen 3 that were recently alive or alive - with the purple fur still on them. Never have seen this before and can't help but think they are dying fast because of the oil. Sucks!
BE CAREFUL everyone. It's great everyone wants to do something and help out, but I needed to send this note to let you know.... My husband is a specialized oil spill response worker and worked on a major oil spill in Spain in 2002. There have been so many health problems among the workers and volunteers (including some of his colleagues and friends.) There have been skin diseases, lung disorders, and cancers. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE use common sense if you are going to help out on this. DO NOT wear shoes you expect to ever wear again (and don't wear them in your car or home.) Wear gloves, protective eye gear, respiratory equipment or masks. Learn exactly how to store/dispose of the oil & mess, and don't just leave the bags somewhere (this is called littering, and littering a hazardous substance is a MAJOR crime, unsafe, and just plain stupid.) I know everyone wants to do what they can, but the specialized responders will do everything they can too. And know this - those responders are frustrated too, that they can't fix this FAST. BE CAREFUL out there.
Me again. I just did a google search for "Spain oil spill health problems" and there are many articles!!! Some volunteers only helped one day! I'm not saying don't help, I'm just saying be careful and know what you're doing. Maybe if our military wasn't in Iraq getting killed off, they could have helped (but don't get me started.)
Thanks to all the people who came out to O.B. today. You were amazing. I spoke with people who'd never even been there before. Rock stars! The tide will be going out tomorrow all afternoon. The best time for cleaning (and there's a lot of oil still coming in) is at the low tide, so three to five is a good time, amount of work and the best time to do it. There will be people out there with the oil hair mats to distribute. Probably in the middle of the beach-Taraval or streets to the south. Look for us! Bring and old clothes-rubber boots are the best, but most people had tennis shoes today. Bring rubber gloves also, as I think there will be more that people have donated, but that's the main thing you need to get going. I'm sure the oil's toxic in the sense that you wouldn't want to eat it, but it's not radioactive, so find a way to come out and make a difference. Just don't get the stuff all over you. None of the "certified" cleaners had masks, just those good looking "ET phone home" suits. Every bit helps and you will be preventing more wildlife from a grisly fate. Hope to see you. -Thanks so much.
thanks for the heads up. fotos from this afternoon here.
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