San Francisco Bay Oil Spill: Tanker Owner Agrees To $2 Million Settlement

05/09/2012 06:20 pm ET | Updated Jul 09, 2012

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The owner of an oil tanker that spilled 400 gallons of fuel into San Francisco Bay has agreed to pay nearly $2 million as part of a settlement with state and local authorities.

The settlement by South Harmony Shipping of Panama was filed in San Francisco County Superior Court on Tuesday by the district attorneys of San Francisco and Alameda County.

The spill occurred in 2009 when a tank on the ship Dubai Star began overflowing during refueling between San Francisco and Alameda. Investigators say among other errors, the crew waited hours before calling cleanup companies.

The spill coated beaches in Alameda County and killed an estimated 186 birds.

Officials said most of the settlement money will be used to restore wildlife habitat and enhance public recreation.