State Lawmakers Criticize Response To San Francisco Bay Oil Spill

State lawmakers are criticizing the slow response to the oil spill that soiled San Francisco Bay earlier this month.

Senators on two committees question the reaction and poor communication in the first crucial hours after the container ship Cosco Busan struck the Bay Bridge.

The crash tore a gash in the vessel's side and poured 58,000 gallons of heavy fuel into the bay.

Members of the Senate Governmental Organization and Natural Resources committees are holding a joint hearing Friday into the response.

They are questioning representatives of the state's Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response, Governor's Office of Emergency Services, and California Department of Fish and Game.

They also are concerned about the system in which private cleanup crews are paid by shipping companies to clean up spills.

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