Not Valdez, but quite the madness
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Here are some pictures I took today, we were trained for 20 minutes on how to handle contaminated debris and animals. Actually we were not allowed to help animals, only trained people with expensive mask and gloves =... etc. Anyways things are starting to look bright but I am still upset and sad for the loss natural space.
More than a thousand people showed up to a half-dozen sessions in Sausalito, Richmond and San Francisco on Saturday, ready to scrub oil off the beaches and birds, but were promptly told that state law prohibits them from working with toxic oils - so they should all leave their names on a callback list and go home.
It turned out that volunteers need up to 24 hours of training to be able to mop up toxic fuel oil or clean contaminated birds, and no such training is immediately available. Dave Blurton, who helped coordinate the sessions, said they were truly meant to inform people and enlist them in supportive efforts - not just draw them in to tell them to stay away, as some people charged.
And sure enough, volunteers were being called back all over the Bay Area to help out in ways such as clearing debris from beaches and preparing food for sick birds, which didn't involve getting the oil on their clothes.It prejected that beaches will be cleaned up by Wednesday this week. Or so they said....
Exxon Valdez was the original name of an oil tanker owned by the former Exxon Corporation. It gained widespread infamy after the the oil spill in which the tanker, spilled an estimated 11 million gallons of crude oil. This has been recorded as one of the largest spills in U.S. history and one of the largest ecological disasters.