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Coast Guard scoops up oil in San Francisco Bay

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crews are still cleaning up fuel leaked into San Francisco Bay and caring for a dozen birds one day after an oil tanker spilled hundreds of gallons into the water.

Ten boats are scooping up shipping fuel about 2.5 miles southeast of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. A helicopter is surveying for environmental damage while wildlife crews search the ground for affected wildlife.

A Coast Guard spokeswoman says some 422 gallons of oil spilled onto the deck of the Panamanian-flagged Dubai Star and into the water after a fuel line ruptured Friday during a fuel transfer.

About 53,000 feet of nonabsorbent barriers known as boom has been deployed to contain the oil.

The spokeswoman says there are 12 reports of birds affected by the oil spill, although she doesn't know the species of birds.


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