Port of SF sends containment boom to Gulf spill

June 1, 2010 10:08:55 AM PDT
The Port of San Francisco is sending 5,000 feet of containment boom to Louisiana, where it will be used by cleanup crews dealing with the effects of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced Monday.

The shipment of temporary floating barriers left the Bay Area on Friday.

Newsom said he is all too aware of the threat oil spills pose. In November 2007, the Cosco Busan container ship spill dumped more than 53,000 gallons of heavy bunker oil into the Bay.

The port consulted with the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure that enough boom will remain in San Francisco in case of a local emergency.