I read the news yesterday and saw there was no place for me to volunteer. I continued to check and learned that some people went out anyway to help.
This is from the SF Chroncile today. It shows the complexity of the issue. This is a hazardous substance. How do we dispose of it? It is no more healthy for us than the creatures of the sea, air, land, and bay. It seems the rain only spread it. It was not a help.
The following is from a report by a group of Chronicle staff writers:
Things were more tense Friday in Marin County, where Sigward Moser led a 30-person volunteer group - including 20 monks-in-training from the Mill Valley Zen Center - onto Muir Beach. For his efforts, he was detained and handcuffed.
The little army managed to scoop up nearly 500 bags of gloppy, sandy oil between 2 and 5 p.m. Moser said it was easy duty: "It rolls up like kitty litter, right off the surface of the sand. Went right into the bags with no problem."
They got almost all the oil they could find - and then a National Park Service ranger showed up.
"He asked us to leave, and we said we needed to do what we were doing, so he put me in handcuffs," said Moser, a communications consultant. "I told him, 'Well, there was nobody else doing the cleanup before we began.' But he just said I was breaking the law and this is hazardous material that I shouldn't be dealing with."
Moser was cited for two misdemeanors - failure to obey an official order and entry into a restricted area - and released.
Now he has 500 bags of glop in his yard, and he has no idea how to get rid of it.