Environment & energy
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. Boaters in Santa Barbara Harbor were not surprised when Danny Castignola’s tug went missing from his slip.
Castignola Tug Services went to Huntington Beach this week to help respond to the oil spill.
Steve Worthington said Danny was that type of guy. He enjoys helping people and is likely at a loss to do so.
Plein-air artist Kelly Rangel said it reminded her of what happened during the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. Back then, her parents lived on a boat in Santa Barbara Harbor.
She hopes it can be cleaned up quickly for the benefit of wildlife.
Marine Spill Response Corporation ships from Ventura Harbor are also helping.
TowBoatUS Captain Paul Amaral said Ocean Guardian was just one of the MSRC boats there.
There are also local game rescue workers who take care of the oiled birds.
Sean Anderson, professor of environmental science at Cal State University Channel Islands, Ph.D. normally teaches on Camarillo campus, but this week he took his students to Huntington Beach.
Dr. Anderson said there were similarities with Refugio’s departure, even though the local pipeline that broke in 2015 was on land.
As with the flood of Refugio, wildlife and economic recovery will take time.
We’ll hear more of the local reaction on the news tonight.
Santa Barbara – South County / Ventura County