Oil spill

Some California Tarballs Linked To Santa Barbara Oil Spill

A few of over one hundred tarballs collected on some southern California beaches were tested found to have come from the Santa Barbara oil spill that occurred on May 19 just north of Refugio Beach. Some samples were also connected to naturally occurring ocean floor seepage.

Tar ball (Xavier Leoty / AFP / Getty)

Miles of SoCal Beach Closed Due to Mysterious Globs of Oil

Strange black blobs of tar-like goo surged on onto southern California’s Manhattan Beach by the thousands, closing down the two-mile area Wednesday while the U.S. Coast Guard and National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration are investigating the source and substance.

Carlsbad Goo (Josh Koonce / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

500 Protesters Chant in Santa Barbara as Bacteria Munch the Oil Spill

The sad look of south Santa Barbara beaches after the recent oil spill is serving as a backdrop for environmental protesters to advance their causes that have little to do with the ocean’s birds and fish. But as the protesters chanted “End Oil Now!” billions of microscopic bacteria are feasting on the oil that has been on their diet for millenniums.

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