Dubai Star Settles Over Bay Oil Leak

San Francisco and Oakland city attorneys will announced a $1.96 million settlement on Wednesday.

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    East Bay beaches and Bay birds took the brunt of the damage, but the Dubai Star spill was also bad news for crab fishers. Wednesday Oakland and San Francisco will announce a $1.96 million settlement in a civil suit with the ship's operators.

    The owner and operator of a tanker that spilled oil in the bay has agreed to a $1.96 million settlement with San Francisco, Oakland and the California Department of Fish and Game.

    The Dubai Star leaked between 400 and 800 gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay in October 2009 about 2 1/2 miles south of the Bay Bridge.

    The Cosco Busan leaked 53,000 gallons of oil in the bay in comparison.

    San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley are expected on Wednesday to announce the settlement with the owners of the Dubai Star.

    The district attorneys filed a joint civil action against the ship's operators shortly after the spill.

    Teresa Drenick, with the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, said the settlement is seperate from a $10-million class action lawsuit that was filed against the ship's operators by crab fisherman less than a month after it became the second tanker in less than two years to leak oil into the bay.

    The spill took seven months to clean.

    The Dubai Star is owned by South Harmony Shipping Inc. of Panama. The ship was carrying light jet fuel as cargo on the day it leaked into the bay, but its propulsion fuel --  not its cargo -- leaked into the bay.