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Marine Log

November 12, 2007

Feds open criminal probe of Cosco Busan spill

The U.S. Attorney in San Francisco has opened a federal criminal investigation into last week's incident in which the containership Cosco Busan spilled an estimated 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel after hitting a tower of the Bay Bridge.

The federal criminal investigation will probe whether there have been any violations of federal laws covering the discharge of oil into U.S. waters, such as OPA 90, the Clean Water Act and the Migratory Species Act.

Meantime, the National Transportation Safety Board has started an investigation into the causes of the incident and clean-up efforts are continuing.

CNN has coverage that includes an interview with Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen

SFGate.com has coverage from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Updates from the incident Unified Command can be accessed here.

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