A state agency in California has ordered Google to move its “mystery” barge from the San Francisco Bay because the company has not filed the proper paperwork, the state said on Monday.
"It needs to move," Goldzband told the AP.
There are at least two Google barges – one in Portland, Maine and the other is docked at Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay. Goldzband said the Treasure Island development authority could face fines for allowing the project. He also said the issue could be resolved if Google moves its structure to permitted construction facilities in the bay.
"We just received the letter from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and we are reviewing it,” Google said in an emailed statement.
Details about the construction of the barges is shrouded in secrecy. San Francisco city officials said they didn’t know what was being built in the bay and US Coast Guard inspectors had to sign non-disclosure agreements.
Once their existence became public knowledge it sparked speculation and conspiracy theories. Weeks later, the company said it was exploring using the barges “as interactive learning centers”.
This is not the first time Google has encountered legal trouble with a non-digital transportation vessel. A report from Nasa said Google executives’ fleet of private planes, including a “light attack jet”, the company purchased to fulfill a lease agreement, was being supplied with fuel from the government agency at cheap prices because of a “misunderstanding”.