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  •  Hi Jillian, (1+ / 0-)
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    Good to see you in this diary.  Our project at the SBMNH is finally coming to a great conclusion.  I'm assuming you know about it.  I won't go into detail, but all is well with our program.  I hope things are well with you too.

    Here's a picture of an oiled juvenile Common Loon that came through Santa Barbara back in 1993.  He's a victim of the natural seeps.  I really do not know if the natural seeps got made worse by the 1969 oil spill or not.

    Anyway, he died.  He struggled to survive by hauling himself in and out of our local waters on the beach, because his water-proofing was damaged by the seepage, and he was getting hypothermia.  But as soon as he hauled himself on land, dogs and beach goers made him head back into the sea, until he was too weak to go back into the sea - at which point he was rescued - but too late to save him.  What a horrible way to go.  I cried my heart out over him, and went knocking on the doors of the local oil Companies to hold them accountable (I had a strong heart, and a strong will).

    I did find out that this bird died from the natural seepage.  There had been no oil spill, but whether this was caused by humans or by geology, I will never know.

    What I DO KNOW IS that by drilling further wells, we create very risky environments for more future oil spills, and even more confusion as to who or what is responsible.

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    "Only when the last tree has withered, and the last fish caught, and the last river been poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money." Cree

    by Tyto Alba on Sun Jan 24, 2010 at 07:10:17 PM PST

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    •  We need to try conservation, first (0+ / 0-)

      We also need to remind those rethugs that major earthquake faults run along the Channel Islands corridor...one big temblor and we could have some serious damamge to the environment, Santa Barbara's economy, etc. And, of course, the oil companies are never "really" charged with "cleanup."

      I'm not going anywhere. I'm standing up, which is how one speaks in opposition in a civilized world. - Ainsley Hayes

      by jillian on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 08:23:29 PM PST

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