1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill

From Canoes: A Natural History in North America by Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims

  • An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 barrels spilled into the Pacific Ocean, affecting shoreline from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border.
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  • The 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, seen from above the critical platform, was at the time the worst spill in American history, later surpassed by the Exxon Valdez (1989) and Deepwater Horizon (2010) spills.