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Oil Spill in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Federal investigators are considering whether to file criminal charges against the crew members of a container ship that struck the Bay Bridge and ripped a gash in its fuel tank.

The ship is being contained at the Port of Oakland, and authorities have been questioning crew members. A Coast Guard attorney says any charges would likely fall under the negligence provisions of the Clean Water Act and the U.S. transportation code.

The Coast Guard notified the U.S. attorney's office Saturday about problems involving management and communication between the officers on the ship's bridge at the time of the crash that caused some 58,000 gallons of fuel oil to leak into the bay.

It is unclear how many crew members are still aboard the ship today.


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