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The latest accident highlights the inherent risks of transporting oil through sensitive environments.
For Santa Barbara residents, the recurring scene involving blackened beaches, slick-sheened waters, and muck-covered wildlife isn’t a case of déjà vu—it just feels like it.
On Tuesday, a report indicated that anywhere from 21,000 gallons to 105,000 gallons of crude oil had gushed onto the beaches just northwest of the famously scenic seaside town—made infamous by a 1969 offshore oil blowout that saw around 3 million gallons of oil blanket its pristine coast—the third-largest oil spill in U.S. history.