Governor Declares Emergency After 58,000 Gallons of Oil Spills in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in the San Francisco Bay area, where hundreds of workers have been trying to contain a 58,000-gallon oil spill.

Schwarzenegger, who met today with state, federal and local officials, says he is satisfied with the pace and scope of clean-up efforts. The emergency proclamation he signed makes additional state personnel and equipment available to speed up the process.

The spill, which started when a cargo ship struck a support tower of the Bay Bridge, has closed several beaches, canceled weekend outdoor events and threatened thousands of birds and marine animals.

Scientists have said the oil spill could threaten bay wildlife for years.

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