Thanks to the oil-spill cleanup volunteers

The House today passed H.Res.853 on a voice vote, honoring those who volunteered to assist in the cleanup of the Nov. 7 Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, introduced the resolution; most of the Bay Area delegation co-sponsored it; and the time for debate was managed on the House floor by Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo. Here’s what Tauscher had to say about it:

I rise in strong support of H.R. 853, introduced by my good friend, the Speaker of the House.

This resolution honors the thousands of volunteers who helped clean the Bay Area’s beaches and wildlife after the harmful oil spill of November 7th. The public’s response to 58,000 gallons of fuel polluting the Bay typified how our community comes together during a crisis.

Our constituents were eager to volunteer their time and help minimize the negative effects to the Bay’s fragile ecosystem. For days after the spill, they cleaned birds and combed the shoreline for oil residue. In some cases, they put their own health at risk in order to protect our Bay.

In order to coordinate the volunteer efforts, numerous organizations mobilized their members in support of the cleanup, including Save the Bay, the Fisherman’s Association, and the Crab Boat Owners.

I am proud that our constituents showed such dedication for the Bay during this environmental disaster. These volunteers deserve recognition from the House of Representatives, and I strongly support H.R. 853.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.