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California spill came 52 years after historic oil disaster

California Oil Spill 1969 Disaster
Posted at 4:09 PM, Oct 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-04 19:09:31-04

The weekend oil leak along the Southern California coast happened not far from the site of the catastrophe more than a generation ago that helped give rise to the modern environmental movement itself: the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill.

That still ranks in the top tier of human-caused disasters in the United States and is the nation’s third-largest oil spill, behind only the 2010 Deepwater Horizon and 1989 Exxon Valdez calamities.