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50 years later, Santa Barbara’s relationship with oil remains tense

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Filling flasks with oil along the Santa Barbara waterfront. Photo courtesy of Bud Bottoms.

Next week marks 50 years since an oil rig off the coast of Santa Barbara spilled 3 million gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean and brought the environmental movement to the nation’s consciousness. But with rich oil basins filling county coffers, it’s not easy for local politicians to separate itself from the industry.

Credits

Guest:
Nick Welsh - executive editor, Santa Barbara Independent - @SBIndpndnt

Host:
Jonathan Bastian

Producer:
Kathryn Barnes