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Not Again: How a 1969 Oil Spill Devastated the Santa Barbara Coast

It takes a disaster to shock us out of complacency. In January 1969, an oil well blew up off the coast of Santa Barbara, spilling an estimated three million gallons of black goo into the ocean—then the largest oil spill in U.S. waters ever. As images of dead birds and blackened beaches flooded the media, the modern… » 5/23/15 4:00pm 5/23/15 4:00pm

25 Years After Exxon Valdez, We're Not Ready For the Next Big Spill

A quarter-century ago, after the Exxon Valdez's captain downed one too many drinks and left a third mate in charge, the oil tanker struck a reef and bled 11 million gallons of oil across 1,300 miles of Alaska's coastline. But the catastrophic oil spills have continued in the US—and we're still not prepared to handle… » 3/24/14 1:00pm 3/24/14 1:00pm

Hippies Using Human Hair to Soak Up Oil Spills


If you've given more than a second glance to your greasy IT guy's matted, oily hair—or just don't wash your own that often, you might pick up that our hair holds onto oil like gas'll hit $100/gallon tomorrow. Gross, yeah, but apparently useful! Some hippies are taking mats made of human hair to mop up oil on SF… » 11/14/07 7:00pm 11/14/07 7:00pm