We look at the catastrophe and oil operations off the coast today.
The 1969 Santa Barbara spill prompted
In a retrospective report of the 1969 spill, the department of geography at UC Santa Barbara listed the following outcomes:
–A broad environmental grassroots movement was founded, leading to the first
–Get Oil Out (GOO) collected 100,000 signatures for a petition to ban offshore drilling.
–The Environmental Defense Center was founded and the first environmental studies program was started at UC Santa Barbara.
–California Environmental Quality Act became law.
–Federal and state regulations governing oil drilling were strengthened.
America’s first offshore drilling began off
In 1896, the first 300-foot pier with a standard cable-tool rig at the end was constructed. In the next five years, 400 wells on 14 piers were built. At the height of
Here’s how the
Sources: UC Santa Barbara,
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