Crown Beach strikes oil
Planning to hit the beach today? You may want to steer clear of Crown Beach. It was closed yesterday after visitors found dime- and quarter-size tar balls along a 12-foot stretch of the beach and an oil sheen on the water, possible remnants of the Cosco Busan’s date with the Bay Bridge in November. Apparently, there have been several sightings of bunker oil recently that could be linked to the 58,000 gallon spill. Our first inkling that something was amiss came last night when helicopters started buzzing the Island (and school’s out, so you can’t blame the kids). So we went straight to Eve Pearlman’s Alameda Journal blog, because we knew she’d have the story. She did not disappoint. She’s got a brief item on the beach closure, with links to stories in the Oakland Tribune (congrats on getting your union back, by the way) and on KRON 4, the operators of one of said helicopters. The Chronicle also briefed the spill. Updates on the closure can be found on the East Bay Regional Park District’s site here. And if you happen to come up close and personal with the oil gobs, don’t touch them!