ABSTRACT

Shortly before midnight, January 18, 1973, 171,000 gallons of oil spilled into storm drains and waters of the Oakland (California) Estuary. This report covers the $1.2 million cleanup by Clean Bay, Inc., an industry-sponsored oil spill cooperative designated by the U.S. Coast Guard as the principal cleanup contractor. The report includes a day-by-day review of the cleanup experience and an evaluation of procedures, emphasizing problems encountered in cleanup of oil in trash-laden waters. Experience gained in the cleanup of 16 small boat harbors is reviewed, including pre-cleanup arrangements, techniques of consolidating and removing oil around boats and finger-piers, and the final cleanup of marina facilites.

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