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New lawsuit for Cosco Busan spill parties

New lawsuit for Cosco Busan spill parties

Los Angeles: California state Attorney General Edmund Brown Jr. has filed a the latest in a string of lawsuit against the owners, operators and pilot of the Cosco Busan. The lawsuit, against Regal Stone, Fleet Management and John Cota, on behalf of the California Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response, State Lands Commission and State Water Boards, aims to reclaim recovery of costs incurred to restore natural resources injured by the spill and to respond, contain and clean-up of the incident.

It also seeks to recover the costs of removal and treatment of wildlife affected by the spill, as well as the cost of assessing natural resource damages, legal costs and civil penalties.

The M/V Cosco Busan was being piloted by Cota on November 7 when it collided with the Bay Bridge, causing the vessel to spill 54,000 gallons of bunker fuel into the bay. The incident is said to have caused widespread damage to marine and bird life in the area  

"This was a preventable accident that had tragic consequences," Attorney General Brown said. "The Cosco Busan crashed into the Bay Bridge, polluting our waters and killing thousands of birds."  [08/01/09]

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