Getting the Busan ready for the long journey home. Most of the patching job should be done by now.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit this morning against a host of players involved with the Cosco Busan oil spill. It's nice to know that our top legal eagle is a "former maritime attorney, and appointee to the U.S. Maritime Administration in Washington, D.C., during President Clinton’s Administration." That experience might come in handy before all this is done.
In related news, the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun alleges the pilot aboard the Busan ordered "full speed" shortly before the allision when visibility was about a tenth of a mile. Of course, that's just the "accusation" and it's way early to have all the info needed to apportion blame among the players involved. Respected commenter and California Insider Daniel Weintraub wonders why legislators have said relatively little about the one person involved who was the most responsible for what happened: the pilot. [Free registration, by the way] But at least one Assemblymember has spoken out to say that he thinks Captain Cota is being "set up.". Interesting.
Also, word comes from gCaptain about a new animation of the path of the Busan.
And speaking of petroluem oozing out where it doesn't belong, check out some South Koreans dealing with an Exxon Valdez caliber oil spill here Now, that's an oil spill. Things could have been much worse for us. Are we ready for the next major spill?
More on our new lawsuit after the jump.