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Tarballs Found On Santa Barbara County Beach; Officials Think Natural Seep Responsible

Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 4:36pm

Cleanup crews were busy today cleaning up some tarballs from a beach just south of Santa Barbara, but officials say they don’t think the problem was man-made.

The tarballs were discovered at around 10 a.m. Monday at Butterfly Beach.

U.S. Coast Guard, and State Fish and Game spill prevention experts say the tarballs are consistent with what would be expected from a natural seep in the area.

Pacific Operators Offshore, which operates an offshore oil platform off of Carpinteria where a spill occurred last week, volunteered to clean it up.

On Friday morning, a problem at Platform Houchin caused a small spill. Cleanup crews using a half dozen boats, and helicopters removed about a thousand gallons of crude oil, and oil contaminated water from the ocean.
No wildlife damage was reported as a result of that spill.

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