Officials to Take Aerial Tour of San Francisco Bay Oil Spill

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Federal officials are preparing to survey
the environmental damage caused by the massive oil spill in San
Francisco Bay.

California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Coast Guard Commandant
Thad Allen plan to take an aerial tour of the area today.

Feinstein and fellow Senator Barbara Boxer have both called for
swift and thorough investigations of the 58,000 gallon spill.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency.

A preliminary Coast Guard probe blames human error, not
mechanical failure, as the reason why a cargo ship sideswiped a
support on the Bay Bridge Wednesday, gashing two of the boat's fuel
tanks.

Investigators are focusing on possible communication problems
between the ship's crew, the pilot guiding the ship and the Coast
Guard station that monitors the bay's shipping traffic.

Rescue teams have been racing to save hundreds of seabirds
tarred with the black shipping fuel. At least 60 birds were found
dead while 200 live birds have been recovered and sent to a
rehabilitation center.


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