Coal Oil Point seep field

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[[Image:Coal Oil Point 01.jpg|thumb|right|250px|]] The '''Coal Oil Point seep field''' offshore from [[Santa Barbara, California]] is a [[petroleum seep]] area of about three square kilometers adjacent to the [[Ellwood Oil Field]], and releases about 40 [[ton]]s per day of [[methane]] and about 19 tons of reactive organic gas ([[ethane]], [[propane]], [[butane]] and higher [[hydrocarbon]]s), about twice the hydrocarbon air pollution released by all the cars and trucks in the county in 1990. The liquid [[petroleum]] produces a slick that is many kilometers long and when degraded by [[evaporation]] and [[weathering]], produces tar balls which wash up on the [[beach]]es for miles around. This seep also releases on the order of {{convert|100|to|150|oilbbl|m3}} of liquid petroleum per day. The field produces about 9 cubic meters of natural gas per barrel of petroleum. ==See also== *[[University of California Natural Reserve System|Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve]] *[[Santa Barbara channel]] ==External links== *[http://seeps.geol.ucsb.edu/ UCSB Hydrocarbon Seeps Project] {{coord missing|Santa Barbara County, California}}