Latest Santa Barbara oil spill Stories
Two types of small beach critters –– both cousins of the beloved, backyard roly-poly –– are suffering localized extinctions in Southern California at an alarming rate, says a new study by UC Santa Barbara scientists.
Both the oil and gas industry (BP in particular) as well as the whole Gulf region could use some good news. That good news came in an article published by Associate Professor John Kessler of The University of Rochester’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and his co-author Megran Du, a graduate research assistant at Texas A&M’s Department of Oceanography.
By FROMA HARROP IN A RARE BURST of bipartisan consensus, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama have agreed on a dreadful proposal: Open more of America's fragile coastlines to offshore oil drilling. How is it awful? Let me count the ways. 1.
By Daniel Weintraub It has been nearly 40 years since a well a half-mile beneath the Pacific off the shore of Santa Barbara blew a gasket, spewing 200,000 gallons of gooey black oil over 800 square miles of ocean and fouling 35 miles of coastline.
Almost 40 years later, James "Bud" Bottoms can't forget the day the Pacific's waves turned calm, birds disappeared, and a thick layer of black goo slid across the white beach and harbor beneath his front window.
- totally perplexed and mixed up.