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Southern Crown Beach: Still closed

Submitted by on 1, November 19, 2009 – 5:45 amNo Comment
A worker cleans up the shoreline along Bay Farm Island, just off the side of the bridge.

I promised you an update, and this is it: The southern portion of Crown Beach is still closed, and there’s no opening date in sight.

County and state inspectors toured the beach Tuesday afternoon and found a number of areas where tar balls as big as pancakes continued to pile up, so they’re keeping the beach closed while crews continue to clean it up.

Here’s the full skinny from East Bay Regional Park District’s shoreline parks unit manager, Mark Ragatz:

The closure remains the same, from the corner at the windsurf concession to and including Elsie Roemer Wildlife Sanctuary. The fishing ban established by Fish & Game is still in place. That ban is from the north end of Alameda Point to the south end of Harbor Bay Isle, not including San Leandro Bay.

An inspection walk was conducted of the closed section of the beach yesterday afternoon with representatives of Alameda County Environmental Health Dept., Fish & Game (Office of Spill Prevention and Response), and the cleanup management contractor for the Responsible Party (RP), and found substantial areas where there were still many medium (quarter to ½ dollar size) to large (pancake size) tar patties. The cleanup crews will continue to clean the beach this week and through the weekend on a regular basis.

On the positive side, the quantity of oil being found had decreased from 20 lbs. last Friday to 2.5 lbs. on Monday.

Another inspection walk will be conducted later this week to see and reassess the beach status before the weekend.

State investigators told the San Francisco Chronicle that they believe the October 30 oil spill that led to the closures happened when someone let one of the Dubai Star’s fuel tanks overflow.

We’ll let you know if anything changes.

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