Environment: Good News for Santa Barbara

In a calculated move to help pay for the Viet Nam War—without raising taxes—the Johnson Administration in 1968 invited oil companies to lease about 453,-600 acres of federal waters for offshore oil and gas drilling in California's Santa Barbara Channel. The oilmen paid $624 million for 70 leases. But just as the Nixon Administration took office in 1969, a massive underwater blowout began slopping 1,000 bbl. of oil a day over miles of Santa Barbara's white beaches, killing marine creatures and raising a huge public outcry.

Last week President Nixon heeded the message. The President asked Congress to cancel 20 federal leases...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!