April 5, 1969
fire assistance n i t s Channel Drilling Resumes AsCountySueslnUSCourt McCI Bv h AssKTo S !Â«rprsss trvi " i |y Coimse ' Jonn Mi'chell said lout of the hole to change the ANT ANT . RARnA1 , A _ W |, i i. at the disastrous oil leak whichjbit. Also, new regulations re-iTMHe tornCTs for sTnm Barbara Coun- p"' 6 ? f"' "L 0 " 3 , Uni Â°,? ?" q"iTM that b o o m s , skimmersito Iy ^ atST*e consUtu- SK^TM ^T^.f 1^ and approved disperses be e r than 7 tionality of off-shore oil drilling in a federal court suit in Los Angeles, two oil drilling vessels went back to work in the Santa Barbara Channel, 15 miles west of this city. The vessels, Bluewater II and Wodeco IV, are the first to go into action following authorization authorization by Interior Secreatry Walter Walter J. Hickel to resume operations operations under more stringent regulations. regulations. They are working for Humble Oil Refining Co. The Santa Barbara County suit filed yesterday seeks a per- Cahfornia coast has caused extensive extensive damage to business and property in the area. The exploratory hole the Bluewater II is on had gone to about 2,500 feet below the ocean floor-'in approximately 1,000 divin S Â° utfit f dh ins Pf t( ? d _ V eai hiiA f i f a nf tht* nil lanlr manent injunction prohibiting clew any further oil drilling off the CM$I, charging the 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Act allowing the drilling is unconstitutional because it makes no provision for public hearings before the oil drilling leases. Santa Jpirbara Deputy Coun- said lout of the hole to change so]ve kept readily available at the offshore drilling sites, ready for immediate use if needed. Meanwhile Rep. John V. Tunney, D-Calif., donned a skin feet of water--when the suspension suspension order came. There's a string of 10-% inch casing cemented cemented to bottom and the crew is scheduled to drill ahead to a depth of about 12,500 feet. The Wodeco IV had b e e n preparing to drill a new hole when the stop order came. The preparations to spud the hole as soon as the permission to resume came from Washington. sea bed site of the oil leak divers from Jacques Costeau's underwater camera crew yesterday. yesterday. Tunney, an experienced diver, diver, reported that oil still spews from a hole in the ocean floor 14 inches in diameter. Attempts to film the leak failed because! a The new regulations call fori s i t s . t o iTMestiage the leak. tU Mil!! MIL- II.-UK IctllL-u UeLUUhU -the oil fogged camera Tunney said he will ask the! House Interior and Insular fairs Committee, on which he E more c a s i n g strings set to greater depths and for some secretary of the interior grants changes in procedures, notably Named as defendants w i Hickel in yesterday's suit are nine oil companies, two drilling in circulating drilling mud all contractors and a member of the way aronnd before coming|thc U.S. GeologicM Survey.