Ruptured Pipeline Spills Oil Along Santa Barbara Coast - 1 of 57

 
Ruptured Pipeline Spills Oil Along Santa Barbara Coast - 1 of 57
Local residents Josh Marsh and Morgan Miller (R) patrol the oil-covered beach for distressed wildlife on May 19, 2015 north of Goleta, California. About 21,000 gallons spilled from an abandoned pipeline on the land near Refugio State Beach, spreading over about four miles of beach within hours. The largest oil spill ever in U.S. waters at the time occurred in the same section of the coast in 1969 where numerous offshore oil platforms can be seen, giving birth to the modern American environmental movement.
(May 18, 2015 - Source: David McNew/Getty Images North America)