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1969 Oil Spill
updated: Jan 22, 2014, 3:02 PM

By Beachbummer

From Miramar beach... Thought it would tie in with earlier post about oil tax.. Also picture of goo boat..

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 COMMENT 488274 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-22 03:20 PM

I moved to Montecito a month before the spill and remember things looking that way. As a kid I remember being sad not to be able to go to the beach.


 MARTY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-22 04:50 PM

I remember the oil spill too, but wasn't it in January, 1969?


 WILLOW agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-22 04:58 PM

You're right Marty - January 28, 1969.


 COMMENT 488332 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-22 06:01 PM

We had to bring gas cans and rags to the beach with us to get the oil off after surfing. Lots of dead and dying wildlife . These lasting memories have fostered a lifetime mistrust of oil companies .


 COMMENT 488351 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-22 07:10 PM

It was 69, I spent a lot of time going around the harbor spreading hay and then picking it up about an hour later. It paid real good!!!


 COMMENT 488354P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-22 07:33 PM

Shakey - anything else you could share with us that you experienced during that spill?


 COMMENT 488357 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-22 07:48 PM

hi ya all.. sorry about the wrongly year..it was 1969. I had sand on my keyboard. . my theory is that the oil spill was the catalyst to the burning of the bank in Iv in 1970.. what a beachbummer that must of been for all those iv residents that year.. not to mention all the lsd being consumed. .. sorry my keyboard is acting funny I meant alcohol being consumed. .


 COMMENT 488361 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-22 08:15 PM

I lived on the mesa right above the beach at that time and saw it first hand.

The 1969 oil spill was absolutely a false flag - the whole environmental movement sprung out of that one incident. Those people knew exactly what they were doing. Follow the money.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-22 09:20 PM

The year before the big BP oil spill, they spent 16 million to lobby congress not to make any more restrictions, they were perfectly safe. A promise was, "There will never be another Santa Barbara." FREEMAN is right, our spill kicked the environmental movement into high gear. I'd like to know what he means by a "false flag". One result was that Earth Day started the next year, 1970. Friends working for Tidewater on boats servicing the rigs said the oil companies didn't give two hoots for safety before the spill, an accident waiting to happen.


 COMMENT 488379 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-22 10:29 PM

False flag operations are covert operations conducted by governments, corporations, or other organizations, which are designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as if they are being carried out by other entities.


 COMMENT 488384 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-23 06:42 AM

Was a cub scout at the time and we filled sand bags trying to keep oil out and off everything. there was tar on the rocks at Hendry till the eighties at least.


 COMMENT 488391 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-23 07:23 AM

Not a false flag operation. Really ridiculous theory. I was here, a student at UCSB at the time and living in IV. I ended up with a job as a secretary for the insurance adjusters who were paying boat and property owners for the damage to their property. I worked in a little office at the breakwater for over a year. I lived a block from the bank that burned down. That was in protest to the Vietnam war. Interesting times.


 COMMENT 488419 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-23 08:27 AM

In 1969 I worked for the Schramm, Raddue & Seed law firm that filed the class action lawsuit in federal court against the oil companies for the spill from Platform A. They were joined by an attorney from LA named Frank Belcher. There were several classes: commercial fishermen, property owners, beach walkers, among them. After almost 3 years, a three-judge panel conducted hearings in Los Angeles and the plaintiffs won. An interesting side note: Warren Christopher worked for one of the law firms representing the oil companies. It was my understanding that he bought an oceanfront property after market values declined - an opportunity he couldn't pass up.


 COMMENT 488439P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-23 09:03 AM

The thing about false flags, is that when they occur, the people behind them seem to be acting against their own interests - that's the whole point - "BP would never intentionally cause a huge oil spill that would ultimately cost the company billions of dollars."

I don't know if BP intentionally caused the Gulf oil spill, but I DO know that the company made some financial transactions right before the spill that are awfully peculiar. Just sayin'.


 COMMENT 488466 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-23 10:03 AM

Regarding false flag ops...it just occurred to me.......

The leap from believing that the universe was created by god in 6 days to believing that everything is a govt/corporate conspiracy is a small one.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-23 10:37 AM

"False Flag" seems to be a paranoid excuse. Oh Yeah, the government is to blame for everything, probably caused the 1969 flood and started the Tea and Jesusita fires too, maybe our current drought as well. Those oil companies just didn't care about having safe equipment, cheapest way to go meant more profits.


 COMMENT 488537P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-23 11:21 AM

Nobody said the government is behind all false flags - it's a generic term. And belief in the big bang theory is just as silly as believing God created the Universe in 6 days - there's no real proof that either notion is true, they're just beliefs


 COMMENT 488661 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-23 03:13 PM

The picture of the Miramar beach cottages remind me of how funky and cool the beach and beach houses were before times of Coastal Commissions, NIMBYs, and others. Some things were better back then.


 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-23 03:27 PM

8391 is right. The B of A burning had nothing to do with the oil spill but was about Vietnam.


 COMMENT 488675P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-23 03:43 PM

I was going to ask if there were still houses right on the beach as shown in the picture - somehow they DO seem really cool in a politically incorrect way!


 COMMENT 488721 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-23 05:35 PM

What's politically incorrect about the houses? Even in the late 60's it was still live and let live. You want to build a beach shack at the water's edge? Go for it. If you're cold at night because the thing was built with no insulation then get another blanket. If it washes out to sea in a storm, rebuild it. Sounds like paradise to me.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-23 06:08 PM

The beach houses were originally built for day use only, different construction than "homes". However, when people started to live in them the rent was really cheap. They have nearly all been remodeled now and are a bit fancier (and not cheap).


 COMMENT 488760P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-23 07:30 PM

Freeman has topped him/herself. I'm just stunned, speechless.


 COMMENT 488761P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-23 07:32 PM

I would've just said the beach houses look cool but I figured I'd get an angry response telling me how horrible for the environment they are - you never know what might set someone off on edhat.


 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-23 07:33 PM

Oops, didn't mean to be anonymous. I said Freeman had topped himself. 760


 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-23 07:37 PM

I hear you, 761P!


 COMMENT 488791 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-23 10:58 PM

The same money behind big oil is pushing the green movement; like I said, follow the money.


 COMMENT 488798 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-24 01:41 AM

I think it was the 76 platform that spilled, but we spent a few days rowing around in the harbor, one boat we had for spreading the hay and another one with a big trash can in it for scooping up the hay. There was another boat going around to take care of the birds, if we found one still alive then I'd yell to someone working the boat docks and he'd yell to the next dock and so on until word got to the people that took care of them. ( Sad ) It wasn't till quite a wile later that the city went around sand blasting all the rocks and walls in the harbor, The harbor looked a lot different back then.


 COMMENT 488799P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-24 01:59 AM

Oh no, Freeman, big oil just COULDN'T be behind the environmental movement. Just like big oil couldn't possibly be one of the forces behind the AGW carbon credit money making scam, er, I mean valiant effort to save the planet from global warming.

(And don't you dare try to agree, or even disagree with me - no matter what you do or say it's all just a conspiracy theory;-)


 COMMENT 488855P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-24 08:49 AM

Yep, Freeman, lots of wild claims, absolutely no evidence. Extremely boring to the point of becoming the daily cartoon.


 COMMENT 489006 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-24 02:39 PM

You're totally right, wow that isn't a spade over there. ; )

The WWF’s Vast Pool of Oil Money

Who Owns the Environmentalist Movement?


 COMMENT 489017P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-24 03:14 PM

"An oil drilling rig operated by Royal Dutch Shell ran aground on a pristine wildlife-rich island in Alaska on Monday. This came after a series of technological failures in gale force winds and high seas—driving home serious concerns of WWF about drilling in the Arctic.

“This incident is a clarion call to America that the rush for Alaska’s oil is dangerous and irresponsible,” says Margaret Williams, managing director of the WWF-US Arctic Program. “Despite the US Coast Guard’s heroic response, the safeguards in place to protect the state’s wildlife and communities are still not adequate to prepare for all of the unforeseen circumstances related to drilling in this environment.”

More than 250 federal and state officials, as well as representatives of Shell, assembled in Alaska Tuesday to develop a plan of action for managing what Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation officials called “the largest response effort ever launched in Alaska in the winter.”

A Series of Mishaps
The grounding of the vessel is the last of a series of incidents for Shell after the company received permission from the U.S. government in August to conduct exploratory offshore drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Over the last four months, the two rigs and tug boat used in the operation have experienced engine failure, fire and broken tow lines. Shell’s response vessel for this mission was deemed ill-prepared for response and Shell was fined for a series of illegal discharges of toxic fluid from one of its drilling rigs. Shell also was fined for violating air permit regulations related to the drilling operation.

“After promising to the US Administration and the public that it was ready for all contingencies in the Arctic, Shell has demonstrated that this is hardly the case,” Williams says. “Enough is enough. Our federal and state officials should use these mishaps as a somber warning to re-evaluate their approach to offshore drilling in America’s Arctic.”"


The second link is a joke. Seriously?


 COMMENT 489031 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-24 03:40 PM

Yes, seriously.

World Wildlife Fund and the Bilderberg Group



 COMMENT 489209P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-25 12:14 PM

Seriously - you are one of the "2+2=5" readers.


 COMMENT 512058 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-18 08:52 PM

The oil spill in '69 was long before I moved up here, but I do remember it. It was big news. Horrible.

I had no idea Warren Christopher worked for one of the law firms representing the oil companies, but I can confirm that he bought local ocean-front property. He was a neighbor for a number of years.

My personal experience was that he was quiet, humble, unpretentious, friendly in a quiet way.


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