Posted by ws1 on:
This picture is not of Platform A ( aka, 'the culprit' ), but was the only one spouting a little flame from my vantage point above Summerland, which I thought better for dramatic effect. I did a quick Google News search for 'Santa Barbara Oil Spill' yields these results.. Most of the headlines say that the 1000 gallons has been 'mopped up' or 'corrected'. I have to admit though, that I am more than a little skeptical the thoroughness of the 'clean-up'..
Naturally, oil floats on top of the water, and is probably relatively easy to spot the bigger globs of the stuff with boats and helicopters etc. But what I have noticed, as a surfer and swimmer, is that there is often a residual iridescence to water that oil (or gasoline for that matter) has been spilled into. I guess I am just wondering what effect the less obvious oily nastiness has on the ecosystem..
If I have time, I'll do a little digging tomorrow.