Abandoned Oil Wells: Hidden Beneath SoCal Cruising Waters
"Beginning in 1960, the search for California's offshore oil expanded greatly. From Santa Barbara to San Diego, thousands of offshore holes were sunk along fault lines, in hopes of finding oil-rich sands. Some produced commercially viable amounts of oil. Most were plugged and abandoned. Amazingly, these abandoned and capped wells, all drilled before the 1982 moratorium, are not inspected for integrity or seepage. Nor are they necessarily correctly charted."