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Posted on March 21 at 11:06 a.m.
Amelie, your experience of smelling gasoline and seeing tar on the beach and in the water is shared with many visitors and locals alike, as is your assumption regarding the source of this pollution. However, you are incorrect - the oil comes from natural seeps (the second largest in the world), which means that oil and gas are leaking to the surface through cracks that connect to deep underground pools. But you are correct to be concerned about wildlife. These seeps are an ongoing source of pollution. SOS California exists to educate the public about the source of pollution and the fact that the amount of seepage is reduced only by reducing the amount of oil in the pools that feed it. Learn more at soscalifornia.org.
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