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Natural Seeps Slowing Down
updated: Jul 18, 2014, 3:35 PM

By John Palminteri

LARGE NATURAL OIL AND GAS SEEPS SHOW SIGNS OF SLOWING DOWN

What was once the second largest natural oil and gas seep in the world, has shown signs of slowing down. In a close up look, the area off Goleta known for "jacuzzi-like" bubbles 20 years ago, now only puts out a fraction of that release. It's been blamed for creating tar balls and foul air nearby. In a close up look this week, the site apparently has been releasing a much smaller quantity for several months. There's still oil in the water, but there's no evidence of big natural gusher anymore. Many teachers were on board the Condor Express for the energy seminar hosted by the Western States Petroleum Association and Stop Oil Seeps (SOS). Studies by UC Santa Barbara and U.S. Minerals Management Service also verify a lower release of oil and gas from the seeps than what was recorded two decades ago. Venoco Oil says production from Platform Holly has contributed to the drawn down of the oil and gas reservoir at this site.

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