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Peak tides could spread oil spilled  Tides could spread oil spilled in SF Bay farther, as at least one oiled bird washed up dead on a beach that had been declared safe Beaches reopen as spill cleanup continues  At least 15 beaches affected by spill reopened as the massive cleanup effort transitioned from open bay waters to protected shoreline areas Restrictions force crab prices to rise  The price of crab is rising because of the restrictions put into place after the spill, that as a $100 million lawsuit is filed on behalf of the fishermen Ship's crew won't talk to investigators  The captain and crew of the ship that hit the bridge tower hired lawyers and the coast guard says not all crew members were tested for drugs Gov. Halts Bay Fishing; Blasts Oil Spill  Schwarzenegger suspended all fishing in areas affected by oil spill and called the incident an 'unbelievable human failure' and promised to investigate Ship Pilot May Have Downplayed Collision  Captain John Cota's attorney says his client didn't immediately realize the severity of the crash Probe Examines Pilot Actions, Ship Radar  Federal investigators investigators were examining whether a harbor pilot initally played down the damage to his ship after striking the bridge Oil spill cleanup moves from water to land  There are still 60 boats working to scoop up the spilled shipping fuel both inside and outside the Golden Gate Ship's crew questioned in criminal probe  Crew members of the cargo ship The Cosco Busan that sideswiped the Bay Bridge, causing oil spill, were being questioned in a federal investigation Feinstein: Spill should not have happened  Sen. Dianne Feinstein said at a news conference that everything she has heard about the oil spill 'indicates that this should not have happened' Feds To Inspect Impact Of Bay Spill  Federal officials will take an aerial tour of the bay to assay environmental damage caused by the area's worst oil spill in nearly 2 decades Bay fisherman want to delay crab season  Fishermen voted to request a delay of local Dungeness season from Schwarzenegger due to concerns regarding the oil spilled Oil Spill Volunteers Turned Away  40 hours of training was needed in order to help out. 18 beaches remain closed across the Bay Area Coast Guard Doubles Clean Up Effort  Rescue teams raced to save hundreds of seabirds tarred with black shipping fuel. 60 birds have died since 58,000 gallons leaked into the bay Pilot of SF Bay oil ship spill investigated  Captain John Cota has been a 25-year veteran bar pilot, but one who has a record of several mishaps in the past Multipart cleanup effort continued  Officials aboard the ship estimated 500 gallons had spilled, but further investigation determined a much greater amount of oil was in the water
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Judge Refuses Company's Guilty Plea  A federal judge has refused to let Hong Kong-based Fleet Management Ltd. plead guilty to two misdemeanor environmental crimes for an oil spill Feds: poor info-sharing in ship crash  A lack of communication between crew members played a critical role in the crash of a ship that led to a massive oil spill in November 2007 No contest plea denied in Bay oil spill  A federal judge refused to accept a no contest plea to felony charges from the operator of a container ship that struck a bridge Feds urge rejection of plea in oil spill case  Prosecutors are asking a judge to reject an offer by the owner of a ship that spilled oil into bay for charges of falsifying documents and negligence   Cosco operator offers to plead no contest  The operating company for the container ship involved in oil spill has offered to plead no contest to criminal charges of falsifying documents   Beach opens after Cosco residue cean-up  Rodeo Beach reopened after a significant quantity of oil traced to November's major bay oil spill was cleaned up along the surf line Pilot In Cosco Oil Spill Gets Court Date  John Cota, the pilot of a ship that spilled nearly 54,000 gallons of oil has been given a tentative date of Oct. 20 for a federal trial Lawsuit seeks on spill pilot's legal bills  The insurance company that's paid some of the bills for Capt. John Cota has asked a federal court to decide whether it must continue to do so   Half Of Cosco Busan Crew To Return  A judge to allow 3 of 6 Chinese crew members who have been held since their ship spilled 53,000 gallons of oil into the bay to return home County bills ship owners $600K for cleanup  The County is sending the cleanup bill to Hudson Marine Management of Pennsauken, N.J., which is representing Hong Kong-based Regal Stone Ship Pilot Charged With Lying In Spill Probe  Capt. John Cota, 60, was charged with two felony counts of lying to Coast Guard officials about his prescription drug use Coast Guard couldn't have stopped crash  Homeland Security Department: Coast Guard watch-standers could not have prevented a freighter from crashing into the bridge last November Crew member may have misled on spill size  The chief engineer aboard a container ship that struck a bridge support misjudged, miscommunicated or intentionally misled Coast Guard Bay Bridge Debris Washes Ashore  Pieces of the Bridge that broke off when a container ship collided with it last month have shown up Cosco Busan leaves San Francisco  The ship responsible has left port is bound for Asia, but Bay Area still dealing with the remnants of 58,000 gallons of thick bunker oil Cosco Busan to resume commerce  A 900-foot container ship collided with a tower of the Bay Bridge in November and released 58,000 gallons of oil into the Bay Oil Spill Ship Posts Bond To Depart Bay  The federal government and the owners of Cosco Busan resolved a legal standoff that had kept the vessel here Oil spill ship scheduled to leave Bay  The Cosco Busan could leave San Francisco Bay it gets clear from the U.S. Coast Guard as expected Angel Island will reopen  The popular beaches of the State Park will reopen for the first time since 58,000 gallons of fuel spilled into San Francisco Bay last month Cota asks for extension on license  The ship pilot who was at the helm when the Cosco Busan rammed Bay Bridge has failed to turn in his license as requested SF Sues Ship Owner Over Spill  The City filed suit against the owner and operators of the Cosco Busan. Crab caims settled Bay Spill Pilot Asked To Surrender License  The Coast Guard says Capt. John Cota is not physically competent to maintain the Federal Merchant Marine Officer's license Many E. Bay Beaches Remain Closed  Beaches along the east side of the Bay remain closed to the public because of contamination from a November oil spill Misconduct charges filed against spill pilot  A state agency that licenses Northern California ship pilots formally accused Capt. John Cota, the pilot of the Cosco Busan, of misconduct Fishing ban imposed after bay oil spill lifted  California officials lifted a temporary fishing ban that was imposed after a container ship spilled nearly 60,000 gallons of toxic fuel Stinson beach re-opens after spill  The beach reopened after prohibiting the public from entering the area for more than a week Fishermen File Class-Action Suit In Spill  John Tarantino and Steven Fitz filed the suit on behalf of fishermen who claim they have suffered economic injury as a result of the spill Lawmakers not satisfied with spill response
Cosco Busan captain grounded, will not get license back  John Cota, who crashed then cargo ship into the Bay Bridge in 2007, causing the oil spill, has lost his battle to restart his sailing career Cosco Busan oil spill damaged herring  The cargo ship accident that dumped tens of thousands of gallons of thick fuel into the bay caused lasting damage to the once-plentiful schools Operators Of Ship In Bay Spill Fined $10M  A federal judge fined a Hong Kong-based company $10 million after Cosco Busan it operated caused a massive oil spill in San FranciscoBay in 2007   Pilot In SF Bay Spill: 10 Months In Prison


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2011 Dec.26  


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2009 Jul.17  
  John Cota, 61, of Petaluma, was sentenced in federal court to 10 months in prison for his role in a spill of more than 53,000 gallons
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  Members of Congress, including House Speaker Pelosi, demanded answers on the U.S. Coast Guard's response to an oil spill
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 The pilot of the ship is under investigation. A report says that Captain John Cota has a record of several mishaps in the past
2007 Nov.8     Growing Oil Spill Closes Bay Beaches
  Coast Guard crews spent the night working on cleaning up 58,000 gallons of oil that spilled into the bay after a container ship bumped the Bay Bridge
 The oil spill has prompted the closures of at least 7 beaches, including Fort Point, Baker Beach, China Beach, Crissy Field, Rodeo Beach, Black Sand and Kirby Cove. The Coast Guard characterized the spill as a 'medium sized' and 'not too difficult to clean up'
2007 Nov.7   Fuel spilled into Bay after ship crash
  The collision, blamed on low visibility due to dense fog, knocked a 100-foot section of the fender that protects the tower
  No damage to bridge after bump by ship
  A container ship traveling through dense fog bumped into a tower supporting the bridge, but have caused no structural damage to the span
 The ship struck a tower west of Yerba Buena Island at about 8:30 a.m. The vessel reported damage to its front left side and fuel was leaking



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Ship Oil Spill, Time by Topic
Time Business Crime Environmental Maritime Justice
December 2013
Cosco Busan captain grounded, will not get l...
Crime
December 2013 December 2013
Crime
Environmental
December 2013 December 2013
Environmental
Cosco Busan captain grounded, will not get l...
Justice
December 2013 December 2013
Justice
December 2011
Business
December 2011 December 2011
Business
Crime
December 2011 December 2011
Crime
Cosco Busan oil spill damaged herring
Maritime
December 2011 December 2011
Maritime
Justice
December 2011 December 2011
Justice
February 2010
Operators Of Ship In Bay Spill Fined $10M
Crime
February 2010 February 2010
Crime
Operators Of Ship In Bay Spill Fined $10M
Maritime
February 2010 February 2010
Maritime
Justice
February 2010 February 2010
Justice
2009
Judge Refuses Company's Guilty Plea
Pilot In SF Bay Spill: 10 Months In Prison
Pilot In SF Bay Spill: 10 Months In Prison
Judge Refuses Company's Guilty Plea
Pilot In SF Bay Spill: 10 Months In Prison
2008
Lawsuit seeks on spill pilot's legal bills
Half Of Cosco Busan Crew To Return
County bills ship owners $600K for cleanup
No contest plea denied in Bay oil spill
Feds urge rejection of plea in oil spill case
Cosco operator offers to plead no contest
Half Of Cosco Busan Crew To Return
Ship Pilot Charged With Lying In Spill Pro...
Beach opens after Cosco residue cean-up
Crew member may have misled on spill size
Cosco operator offers to plead no contest
Half Of Cosco Busan Crew To Return
County bills ship owners $600K for cleanup
Ship Pilot Charged With Lying In Spill Pro...
No contest plea denied in Bay oil spill
Feds urge rejection of plea in oil spill case
Cosco operator offers to plead no contest
Half Of Cosco Busan Crew To Return
Ship Pilot Charged With Lying In Spill Pro...
2007
Cosco Busan leaves San Francisco
Cosco Busan to resume commerce
Oil Spill Ship Posts Bond To Depart Bay
Cota asks for extension on license
SF Sues Ship Owner Over Spill
Bay Spill Pilot Asked To Surrender License
Fishing ban imposed after bay oil spill lift...
Fishermen File Class-Action Suit In Spill
Probe Examines Pilot Actions, Ship Radar
Misconduct charges filed against spill pilot
Ship's crew won't talk to investigators
Ship Pilot May Have Downplayed Collision
Probe Examines Pilot Actions, Ship Radar
Ship's crew questioned in criminal probe
Pilot of SF Bay oil ship spill investigated
Angel Island will reopen
Many E. Bay Beaches Remain Closed
Fishermen File Class-Action Suit In Spill
Lawmakers not satisfied with spill response
Beaches reopen as spill cleanup continues
Oil spill cleanup moves from water to land
Feinstein: Spill should not have happened
Coast Guard Doubles Clean Up Effort
Multipart cleanup effort continued
Pilot of SF Bay oil ship spill investigated
Growing Oil Spill Closes Bay Beaches
Fuel spilled into Bay after ship crash
Cosco Busan leaves San Francisco
Cosco Busan to resume commerce
Oil Spill Ship Posts Bond To Depart Bay
Oil spill ship scheduled to leave Bay
Cota asks for extension on license
Bay Spill Pilot Asked To Surrender License
Misconduct charges filed against spill pilot
Probe Examines Pilot Actions, Ship Radar
Ship's crew questioned in criminal probe
Misconduct charges filed against spill pilot

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