Thu.11.15 – Recent Beach Photos. More photos wanted.

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MAVERICKS 11.15.07

It’s still unclear how much oil, if any, as made it down to Mavericks.  But, one dead bird was found, and another dead one was found in the water.  We’ve heard conflicting reports…

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AQUATIC PARK 11.15.07

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The swim clubs in Aquatic Park are very concerned about their swimming area.  Per what some members witnessed this morning, they report that the official contract crews have “…workers engaged in safety activities that don’t seem to comply with the rules as laid out at the training [for citizen volunteers].  They’re removing clothing in the same area they’re working, using their bare hands to do so, etc.”   These members have recently asked Kill The Spill to help get volunteers into the Park to assist with the clean-up effort.

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MUIR BEACH 11.09.07

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Early Thursday (Day 2) Photos from Sigward Moser, the man who was arrested and cited for his own cleanup efforts in Muir Beach.

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SITE UPDATES:
Stay tuned for site adjustments like signing up for *Oil Spill-Only *email alerts tied to the frequent postings in this blog. 

More help with the website(s) are needed, given the volume of emails & photos we’re getting.  Interested?  Ping us via the comment button below.  All comments are moderated before getting posted.

PHOTOS NEEDED FOR KILL THE SPILL
Per the EPA on-site at OB today, there is sill “a lot of oil” out at sea.  With the NW winds and NW swell over the next several days, it will likely wash up somewhere.   We need on-site updates and PHOTOS of the conditions up and down the coast.  In particular, we need info/photos from Marin County because they are not doing any clean-up and won’t let us on the beaches.  We will work with the EPA to get access for our army of volunteers to the beaches that need clean-up.   Send updates/photos to:  byron.cleary@killthespill.com.

SURF MAGS WANT YOUR BEST PHOTOS:
Please send Zuna Surf some of your best photos from the last few days, as various surf magazines have contacted us for more pics.  We’d love to see surfers in oily waters, empty waves with “closed” signs or oil globs in them, images of dramatic conditions, powerful shots of the waves + large cleanup crews.  We’ll  then put you in contact with the photo editors.  

– Zuna Surf

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2 Responses

  1. I don’t have pictures just some observations and questions. Maybe I can add this to my list of technical skills?

    I am now Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified to help clean up 40,000 +/- gallons of the 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel that are still in the waters and the beaches near San Francisco. I’m proud that there are two pieces of high tech equipment that the surfers have added to the EPA repertoire, kitty litter scoops (it seems we’ve bought out most of the surrounding stores), and mats woven from human hair donated by hair salons. The hair mats are absolutely amazing, it even seems to pick up a lot of the iridescence that drains from the tar blobs and stains the surrounding sand. We are basically gently patting down the intermediate and high tide – oil line, like a lazy housewife or househusband. Except this lazy housewife is appropriately dressed to greet space aliens and is faced with a dust(oil) depositing process that can leave a new trace with every wave, with every outgoing tide, now for 10+ days, along 40+ miles (and growing) of ocean coastline (I’m not equipped to estimate the fractal accumulation of miles gunked up on the bayside coastline).

    I’ve learned a couple of things. The bunker fuel spilled here is the most residual of residual fuel oils. Bunker oil is what is left after refining strips off every short carbon chain they can sell. Which makes me wonder, the refractory (polluting) components found in 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel (and landing on our beaches) is equivalent to how large of an equivalent crude oil spill (with all the lighter components still in the mix)? One web page estimates 10x to 14x. I’ll let you do the math.

    The EPA also assures me that there is no significant vapor phase to bunker fuel. I now wonder how to explain the flaming purple (!?!) sunsets with the sun 3x or more it’s typical size we saw in the first days after the spill? By day 3 you could actually see the sun sink under the ceiling of this purple-amplifying and magnifying layer over the ocean. Hmmm, still wondering….

  2. I will be attending a training session tomorrow. No matter what, after reading posts from volunteers and researching bunker fuel hazards, and most importantly trusting my own gut, I will be purchasing and wearing a respirator while I do clean up.

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