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Community commemorates 50 year anniversary of Santa Barbara Oil Spill

Posted at 10:23 AM, Jan 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 01:40:36-05

Santa Barbara advocates will hold a call to action community event in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 oil spill.

On January 28, 1969, a Union Oil Platform well blew out off the coast of Santa Barbara, spilling more than three million gallons of oil and killing more than 10,000 seabirds, dolphins, seals and sea lions.

Since then, there have been two larger oil spills.

Advocates at the Environmental Defense Center said the oil spill brought in a new environmental movement around the world, leading to new laws and regulations, academic studies and grassroots actions.

They will hold an event Sunday to celebrate the past 50 years of accomplishments and call on the community to increase their efforts in combating the climate and environmental crises.

The event will be at the Arlington Theater on State Street from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.