Santa Barbara Oil Spill

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One of the biggest oil spills in the U.S. occurred on January 28, 1969. The spill lasted weeks off the coast of Summerland, California in the Santa Barbara Channel. More than 80,000 barrels, or 3 million gallons, of crude oil was spilled. The spill started as a blowout below a Union Oil Co drilling platform and ended up covering 35 miles of coastline. An estimated 3686 birds were killed from the spill along with many seals and dolphins.

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This spill is a major part of what started the United States environmental movement. After this oil spill there was more environmental legislation than there had been any other time in history.





http://www2.bren.ucsb.edu/~dhardy/1969_Santa_Barbara_Oil_Spill/Home.html
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N30124924.htm
http://sbwcn.org/wildlife-education/oil-wildlife/1969-oil-spill/


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