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Oil Slick Spotted Near Santa Barbara Isn't From An Oil Spill After All
The oil sheen spotted off Santa Barbara County's coast last week was determined to be natural, and not part of an oil spill some people suspected.On Wednesday, kayakers 1,000 yards off the coast of Goleta Beach paddled back to shore with their kayaks and legs coated in oil. The Coast Guard spotted an oil slick spread over about six square miles, but too thin to be cleaned up. Authorities announced on Monday that test result show that the oil came from a natural seepage.
The oil matched tar bars that were known to come from natural seepages. A seep field on the seafloor off Santa Barbara naturally leaks thousands of gallons of oil every day. "The earth burps all the time," Robert Hernandez, a local who regularly fishes on the Goleta pier, told the L.A. Times. "You smell it, you get a little on you. No big deal."
The oil will naturally dissipate, said authorities. This recent slick caused worries of a second oil spill in the area after one that dumped over 20,000 gallons of oil into the ocean and caused tar balls to wash up along several Southern California beaches.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.