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Remnants of an offshore oil disaster 

If there’s any question about drilling for oil off the coast of San Luis Obispo County, just take a walk on the beach at the Bacara Resort & Spa or Four Seasons Hotel in Santa Barbara County. And when you’re finished walking along the beautiful shoreline, notice the signs directing you to clean off your feet from the “offshore seepage” they collected. My soles were black with oil. Oh, tar-wipes are available at nearby kiosks. Yet, be prepared to take about 20 minutes to remove most of the debris.

I witnessed this firsthand 10 years ago and was told it was from the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara almost 50 years ago.


-- Tim Bennett - San Luis Obispo

-- Tim Bennett - San Luis Obispo

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