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Public meetings on S.F. Bay oil spill

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, January 15th, 2008 at 7:11 am in Oil Spills, Public Meeting.

Cosco Busan oil spill restoration agencies schedule two public meetings to get your input.

State agencies: Department of Fish and Game, State Lands Commission.
Federal agencies: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Restoration of the natural resources “injured” by the Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay is the focus of these two public meetings:

Tuesday, Jan. 22: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the First Floor Auditorium in the Elihu M. Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland.
Tuesday, Jan. 29: 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Cascade Room of the Mill Valley Community Center, 180 El Camino Alto, Mill Valley.

The meetings will be held by the above state and federal agencies (trustees) that are responsible for restoring the injured resources after they assess ecological injuries and human use losses caused by the spill. At each meeting the trustees will brief you on the restoration process, answer your questions and seek information from the you about injuries resulting from the spill.

Main purpose of the meetings is to give the public and other organizations a chance to learn about the restoration process and to provide any additional information and data they collected. Because the focus of these meetings is on injury assessment and ultimate restoration, they will not be able to address questions about the immediate response to the spill at these meetings. (Hopefully we’ll be able to discuss THAT at another meeting!)

The trustees from the above state and federal agencies say they will develop a restoration plan both to restore the injured resources and “to compensate the public for the injuries to the natural resources and human activities.” (It’ll be interesting to attend these meetings just to find out what THAT means!)

Got something to say about all this? Here’s your chance. Don’t blow it. Go to one of these meetings. /Gary

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