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Environmental Defense Center statement on the Santa Barbara oil spill

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The EDC (Environmental Defense Center) has released a statement on the oil spill off the coastline of Santa Barbara: 

The Environmental Defense Center is closely monitoring the oil spill off Refugio State Beach. Unfortunately with accidents and oil development, it is not a question of if, but of when. But to see this level of spill into such a sensitive and treasured environment is devastating to watch. These waters are known as the Galapagos of North America with numerous species of endangered whales migrating through marine protected areas and off the iconic and beloved Gaviota Coast.

In the wake of the terrible 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, our communities have fought for many years to protect this as one of the most important environments in all of California. Looking forward at new, risky coastal drilling applications from Venoco to drill off Ellwood and Sunset/Exxon to drill from Vandenberg Air Force Base, this is an important reminder that we must redouble our efforts to make safer, cleaner and forward-looking decisions on energy production.

-Owen Bailey, Executive Director, Environmental Defense Center

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