Pelosi Resolution Honors San Francisco Bay Oil Spill Volunteers

Dec 11, 2007
Press Release

Pelosi Resolution Honors San Francisco Bay Oil Spill Volunteers

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Contact:Brendan Daly/Nadeam Elshami, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. â€" Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the House passing H. Res. 853, a resolution honoring those who have volunteered to assist in the cleanup of the November 7 oil spill in San Francisco Bay. The Speaker sponsored the resolution, which passed the House earlier today by a voice vote:

“After the devastating oil spill last month, thousands of Bay Area residents immediately volunteered to clean beaches, rescue wildlife, and undo the damage caused by the spill. City officials worked with federal authorities on a volunteer management agreement to train and deploy local volunteers who were qualified to assist with difficult shoreline and wildlife recovery efforts. As a result, more than 1,000 members of the Bay Area community were quickly trained and credentialed.

“In addition, community non-profit organizations such as San Francisco Connect and the San Francisco Volunteer Center rallied support; environmental organizations such as Baykeeper, Save the Bay, and the Bay Institute offered their expertise; and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, members of the San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association, commercial crabbers and other Bay Area fishermen offered their equipment and experience.

“Today’s resolution honors all of the individuals, organizations and officials who volunteered their time, their skills, and their energy in response to this disaster. Their commitment to both the environment and their community saved wildlife from oil residue, protected the Bay’s ecosystem and made our beaches safe again for Bay Area families.

“To all of those who ministered to the Bay, I thank you as a San Franciscan, as the representative of our great city in this House, and as Speaker of the House