First-anniversary protests of 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill


Jan. 28, 1970: Members of the environmental group Get Oil Out (GOO) pass an offshore oil platform in their boat after dropping a permanent buoy in Santa Barbara Channel where an oil spill had occurred the year before.

This photo by staff photographer Frank Q. Brown was published on Page 1 of the Jan. 29, 1970, Los Angeles Times. Staff writer Noel Greenwood reported in an accompanying story:

SANTA BARBARA–Militant demonstrators demanded an end to oil drilling in the Santa Barbara Channel and sealed off the entrance to the municipal pier Wednesday night.

About 25 city police, reinforced by sheriff’s deputies and highway patrolmen, delayed about 500 demonstrators from moving onto the pier.

There were several brief scuffles but no arrests or injuries. Finally, an estimated 150 persons, mostly youths, were allowed to march onto the pier by the wharf operator, George Castagnola. Later they started what they said would…

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