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  • In 1969, a blowout on a drilling platform in the Santa Barbara Channel released more than 3 million gallons of oil into the ocean.

    Julie Packard: Decisive Days for Our Oceans

  • The legislation, enacted after a Union Oil blowout that spilled 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of oil into the Santa Barbara Channel, remains one of the nation's toughest environmental laws.

    How the Minerals Management Service's partnership with industry led to failure

  • It took ten days to plug, during which 100,000 barrels of crude oil poured into the Santa Barbara Channel and onto the beaches of Santa Barbara.

    John Robbins: The Choices Before Us

  • The offices of his three-year-old firm, Clipper Windpower, look across the tranquil Santa Barbara Channel and, in the distance, to the remote marine sanctuary of Santa Cruz Island.


  • First of all, there's natural seepage in the Santa Barbara Channel every day.

    Moving From Votes to Volts

  • English explorer, George Vancouver, in his exploration of the Pacific Coast in 1792 while looking for the Northwest Passage, noted in his log book that the Santa Barbara Channel was covered in all directions with an oily surface so thick that the entire sea took on an iridescent hue.

    Most Oil in Santa Barbara Channel Is Natural Seepage

  • Natural oil seepage in the Santa Barbara Channel was first recorded by Spanish explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo on Oct. 16, 1542.

    Most Oil in Santa Barbara Channel Is Natural Seepage

  • Since the 1969 oil spill accident in the Santa Barbara Channel, more than one billion barrels of oil have been recovered through drilling, while the total of spills amounts to just 853 barrels in the same 40-year period or about the equivalent of four days worth of Mother Nature's oil seepage within the channel.

    Most Oil in Santa Barbara Channel Is Natural Seepage

  • Another location experiencing increased venting is the Santa Barbara Channel on the California coast.

    Terror Gas in NY?

  • From as early as the 16th century, the Santa Barbara Channel has been traveled by non-natives.

    Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary


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