Santa Barbara

Oil Slick Near Santa Barbara Created By Natural Seepage, Coast Guard SaysThe Coast Guard says an oil slick that formed in the Pacific Ocean last week near Santa Barbara was created by natural, ocean-floor seepage.
2-Mile-Wide Oil Slick Mysteriously Appears Off Southern California CoastThe Coast Guard says a 2-mile-wide oil slick that mysteriously materialized off the Southern California coast is expected to dissipate on its own in the days ahead.
Health Officials Warn Consumers Of Toxic Seafood From Central California CoastThe California Department of Public Health is warning of domoic acid poisoning from seafood caught in Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara counties.
Fast-Moving Wildfire Forces Evacuations At Spanish Mission Near Santa BarbaraA wildfire burning near a historic mission in a rural area of Lompoc has prompted authorities to order the evacuation of approximately 1,200 people.
ExxonMobil Stops Drilling Off Santa Barbara After May Oil Spill Crippled PipelineA spokesman says ExxonMobil has temporarily ceased oil production on three platforms off the coast of Santa Barbara because an oil spill last month crippled the pipeline it used to transport crude to refineries.
Crews Say 44 Percent Of California Coast Oil Spill CleanedCleanup teams have determined that 44 percent of 96.5 miles of California coastline is clear of oil from the Refugio Oil Spill, a state official said Sunday.
Pipeline That Spilled More Than 100,000 Gallons Of Oil Near Santa Barbara Was Badly CorrodedThe preliminary findings released by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration point to a possible cause of the May 19 spill that blackened popular beaches with crude oil and created a 9-mile slick in the Pacific Ocean.
Pipeline Firm Responsible For Santa Barbara Oil Spill Ordered To Make Corrective ActionsThe company responsible for a pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil along the California coast was ordered to take a series of steps before it can restart the line, federal regulators said Friday.
Video Shows Dolphins Swimming In Oil Spill Area Near Santa BarbaraVideo shows dolphins seemingly swimming in circles to avoid the oil slick surrounding them after a pipeline in the Santa Barbara area spilled thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean.
Santa Barbara Oil Spill Crews Using Lessons Learned From Massive Bay SpillAs the cleanup of a massive oil spill near Santa Barbara continues, crews are making use of some lessons learned after a big spill in San Francisco Bay several years ago.
Public Urged To Stay Away From Santa Barbara Oil Spill As Crews Work To Minimize Environmental ImpactAs the environmental impact from Tuesday's oil spill near Santa Barbara grows dire, environmental groups are urging the public not to rush out to save wildlife afftected by the spill.
UC Santa Barbara Shooting Breaks Out Just Blocks Away From 2014 Deadly RampageAuthorities say a second suspect is in custody in connection with a shooting and an assault near the University of California, Santa Barbara — just blocks from the scene of a deadly rampage last year.