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Oil Spill Threatens Condors

Endangered California Condor May Be Affected by Los Padres


A small oil spill came dangerously close to a watering hole frequented by endangered California Condors in the Sespe Wilderness. A January 30 inspection, made public the following day, discovered a break, probably caused by the recent cold weather, on an oil field wastewater line owned by Vintage Productions California LLC, a subsidiary of Occidental Oil. About 200 gallons of light crude that had been floating on the wastewater flowed down Tar Creek (see map here) until a contracted crews went to work with booms, earthen berms, suction trucks, and absorbent pads to contain the slick a mile upstream from the confluence of the two creeks, where condors have been known to sip.

(Photos courtesy of Los Padres Forestwatch.)

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