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The pilot of the oil tanker that crashed into the San Francisco Bay Bridge, causing a major oil spill last year, has been charged in federal court with criminal negligence in the accident.

Court documents indicate John Cota, pilot of the Cosco Busan, will face two federal misdemeanor charges, which could result in up to 18 months in prison and fines totaling $115,000.

The Hong Kong-registered ship spilled nearly 60,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil November 7, resulting in the deaths of about 2,000 birds. After departing the Port of Oakland in heavy fog, the ship struck a span of the Bay Bridge, causing the spill. Read full article »

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