08.26.1975, LA Times A.F. Reynolds

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08.26.1975, LA Times
A.F. Reynolds - Barbara Drilling Foes Speak Out log Angeles RCC...
Barbara Drilling Foes Speak Out log Angeles RCC PART II t TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 1975 RICHARD BUFFUM Partner in Revolution BY BILL ROOD Times staff Writer SANTA BARBARA A polite, but firm, cross-section cross-section cross-section of residents turned out Monday to tell a federal hearing panel they firmly oppose proposals for expansion of offshore drilling in the Santa Barbara Channel. Outside the Lobero Theater, where the three-day three-day three-day hearing is being held, a balding, bespectacled realtor set the tone of the opposition as he walked about with a sign reading: "Remember Teapot Dome? Now it's the Offshore Oil Sellout" And inside the 700-seat 700-seat 700-seat theater, residents let it be known they remember remember what happened Jan. 28, 1969, when a blowout beneath Union Oil's Platform Platform A spewed huge quantities of crude oil into the sea that lapped Santa Barbara's cherished beaches. Time has not dimmed the memory of that terrible mess. We were down on the beach helping to carry seabirds coated with crude oil to a washing station to save their lives. Few survived," survived," said Henry R. Berg, a retired civil engineer who testified for the Coalition Against Oil Pollution. "On that day, myself and many other Santa Barbarans made a vow that never again should octopus oil ever violate and rape our Santa Barbara Channel." An energy crisis and six years after the Santa Barbara Channel blowout, federal officials are talking about tapping new areas of the oil-rich oil-rich oil-rich channel channel and about the possibility of as many as 21 new oil platforms. The very thought of it dumbfounds many in the city. After all, former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall, who approved the 1968 sale of channel leases to oil companies, later called the decision a "conservation "conservation Bay of Pigs." And one of Udall's successors, Rogers C. B. Morton, in 1971 suspended operations on 35 of the 70 federal leases in the channel and asked Congress Congress to rescind them. "The Santa Barbara Channel," Morton Morton said at the time, "is the most unique environmental situation on the entire Continental Shelf of the United States." Now, in a 1506-page 1506-page 1506-page draft environmental environmental impact statement, the Interior Department is considering posibilities ranging from complete development of existing channel leases to leasing and developing the entire channel. The prospect has brought strong protests from local officials and a number of groups which have formed in opposition to offshore drilling. To the bicentennial strains of rolling rolling drum and trilling fife, offshore drilling foes marched through town Saturday to distribute leaflets urging residents to turn out for this week's hearings on the draft environment impact statement "The American people took action against the Royalists 220 years ago. Now the people are taking action against the economic royalists who would shove offshore drilling down our throats," said Murray Lewis, an organizer of the march. Attendance at the hearings also has been urged in local newspapers ads featuring drawings of a Santa Barbara Channel choked with oil platforms. And residents have joined with city and county officials in serving on a task force formed to critique the federal environmental impact statement statement "I have limited staff resources and here we were asked (by federal officials) officials) to review an issue of vital concern concern to this country in a short time with no. supplemental staff or money to do it," said Albert F. Reynolds, county environmental quality coordinator. coordinator. The county Board of Supervisors appealed for assistance from residents in preparing the critique. "We worked jointly with the city. Private individuals, a former petroleum petroleum geologist, a' drilling engineer Please Turn to Page 3, Col. 1

Clipped from The Los Angeles Times26 Aug 1975, TuePage 84

The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California)26 Aug 1975, TuePage 84
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