The blog formerly known as   Fake Plastic Fish

November 12, 2007

San Francisco Bay oil spill

By now, everyone has heard about the terrible oil spill in the San Francisco Bay last week. Friday, I stopped at the wharf on my way to the Green Festival, to see for myself. The smell was terrible. Like walking into a chemical factory, except it was outside! Oil floated on top of the water instead of ducks. And the boat that hit the Bay Bridge was still anchored out there like a bad dog tied to a stake. Here are a few of the photos I took on Friday:

And here’s a little irony:

Those who would like to help with the cleanup can sign up at SF Baykeeper. Just one more reason that we need to discontinue our dependence on oil, including oil used to make plastics.

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Beth Terry
15 years ago

Hi Cynthia. I doubt that the container is hazardous just to have around if it’s not holding food. But just remember that it’s PVC and don’t put it in your regular recycling at the end of its life.

(Of course, I’m not a scientist, so that’s just my gut feeling.)

15 years ago

Hi Beth, thanks for continuing to illuminate and educate. After reading your blog about PVC plastic, I went through my cupboards and realized that not only is my enormous Sam’s club container of animal crackers not recyclable, it is also made of pvc! I emailed the Stauffer company about the dangers of the plastic, and I won’t buy it again but I am in a quandary about what to do with the thing! I could use it forever to store things in (not food items), but is it hazardous just to have around? I can’t find the post about #3 plastic to read the details, but I remember something about fumes, etc. If you have any thoughts, please let me know!

Beth Terry
15 years ago

I had the same thought. How can something so awful look so pretty? And yet the dark spots also remind me of cancer.

heather t
15 years ago

I gasped at your first photo of the oil floating on the water. It was eerily beautiful. Not that I want oil spills to happen!

I was thinking about running some errands today, but I will wait until tomorrow when I have to take the car out anyway to carpool the kids to school. Thanks for the reminder.