July 15, 1969
New Oil Slick Qff Santa Barbara on Angeles, SANTA BARBARA (UPI) -- A new oil slick from another spill has b!ac!:cr.cd the waters of the Santa Channel and (hare were contradictory reports Monday to its extent. Newsmen wiio flew over the area Sunday reported "the slick, created by leakage from a "flaring line" of Humboldt Oil Co., was one mile long by 200 yards but 1lie company insisted only a maximum of four or about 200 gallons leaked out. The company also said the slick was gone by but other sources reported it had not entirely dissipated. A spokesman for Humboldt Oil said the leak was small the company was not required to report it. The leak came from a flexible tube from Humboldt's Wodeco IV drilling platform through which gases from the drilling operation are burned off. THE COMPANY said that about 7:30 p.m. Saturday the flame at the end of the line went out and it assumed that all gases were drained away. However, oil began leaking through the line into the. channel was not detected until nearly noon Sunday. The platform is about SVa' miles off Reugio State Beach and about 25 miles west of Union Oil Co. of California's Platform A, where a well blowout Jan. 28 a huge slick. Oil still continues to leak from that area 169 days later. The Humboldt spokesman said chemical dispersanfs were sprayed on the oil that flowed around the Wodeco platform.