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Photos: 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill impetus of modern environmental movement in U.S.

Photos: 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill impetus of modern environmental movement in U.S.

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The Jan. 28, 1969, blowout on a Union Oil Co. platform in the channel spilled millions of gallons of crude that fouled 30 miles of coastline and killed thousands of birds and sea creatures. The spill was one of the catalysts of the American environmental movement.

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