A Field Guide to Oil in Santa Barbara


The following references provided students with information about the history of oil in the Santa Barbara region or served as inspiration for this project.

50 Years After the Santa Barbara Oil Spill: A Call to Action Website. 2019. Accessed August 23, 2020. https://www.cecsb.org/50-years-after-the-santa-barbara-oil-spill-a-call-to-action/.

Aikau, Hokulani K. and Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez, eds. 2019. Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawai’i. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

"Alcatraz Asphalt and its Uses." 1895. San Francisco: California Petroleum and Asphalt Company. Carpinteria Valley Museum of History, Carpinteria, CA.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. 1952. Guidebook: Field Trip Routes, Oil Field Geology, Joint Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California.

Anguish, Anger, and Activism: Legacies of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill. UCSB Library Website. Accessed August 23, 2020. https://www.library.ucsb.edu/events-exhibitions/anguish-anger-and-activism-legacies-1969-santa-barbara-oil-spill.

Barad, Karen. 2007. Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning. Durham: Duke University Press.

Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour Website. 2020. Accessed August 23, 2020. https://www.berkeleysouthasian.org.

Beyond the Spill: The History and Politics of Oil in California. Energy Justice in a Global Perspective Website. 2019. Accessed August 23, 2020. https://energyjustice.global.ucsb.edu/news/event/225.

Chakrabarty, Dipesh. 2000. Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference. Princeton; Princeton University Press.

Chapin, Wes and Nancy Mendez. 2009. Carpinteria State Beach Interpretation Master Plan. Sacramento: California State Parks, 29-30. https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/599/files/carpinteria_inter_mp.pdf.

Chen, Mel Y. 2012. Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect. Durham: Duke University Press.

“Chronology of Oil and Gas Development.” County of Santa Barbara Planning and Development, Energy Division. Accessed July 7, 2021.  http://www.sbcountyplanning.org/energy/information/chronology.asp.

CU OUT on the Town. Multicultural Affairs, Columbia University Undergraduate Student Life Facebook page. 2019. Accessed August 23, 2020. https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaOMA/posts/cu-out-on-the-town-is-an-outing-series-offered-by-lgbtqcolumbia-to-lgbtq-themed-/2563623547048899/.

Energy Justice in a Global Perspective Mellon Sawyer Seminar Website. Accessed July 14, 2020. https://energyjustice.global.ucsb.edu/.

Environmental Impact Report: Becker & Legacy Wells Abandonment & Remediation Project. 2017. California State Lands Commission.

Fagan, Brian. 2004. Before California: An Archaeologist Looks at Our Earliest Inhabitants. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.

Griggs, David W. 1993. “Springs of Pitch: The Asphalt Deposits of the Carpinteria Valley.” The Grapevine: Newsletter of the Carpinteria Valley (September-October).

Guerrini, Anita. 2010. “The Story of the Campbells: From Montecito to Goleta and Back,” Montecito Magazine.

Hatim El-Hibri. 2017. “Media Studies, the Spatial Turn, and the Middle East.” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 10: 24-48.

Hayden, Tyler. 2015. “What Will the Refugio Oil Spill Kill?” The Santa Barbara Independent. May 26. Accessed July 14, 2021. https://www.independent.com/2015/05/26/what-will-refugio-oil-spill-kill/.

Howe, Cymene and Dominic Boyer. “177 — Recentering Energy Justice.” Cultures of Energy: The Energy Humanities Podcast. Accessed July 14, 2020. http://culturesofenergy.com/177-recentering-energy-justice/.

LeMenager, Stephanie. 2014. Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Longfellow, Brenda. 2018. Offshore. Helios Design Lab. Accessed July 14, 2020. http://offshore-interactive.com/site/.

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Loveless, Natalie. 2019. How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation. Durham: Duke University Press.

Moulthrop, Stuart and Dene Grigar. 2015. Pathfinders: Documenting the Experience of Early Digital Literature. Website. Accessed July 14, 2020. https://scalar.usc.edu/works/pathfinders/index.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Response and Restoration. 2016. “Oil Spills, Seeps, and the Early Days of Drilling Oil Along California’s Coast.” Accessed July 7, 2021. https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/about/media/oil-spills-seeps-and-early-days-drilling-oil-along-californias-coast.html.

Oil Slick. 2019. UCSB Library Website. Accessed August 23, 2020. https://www.library.ucsb.edu/events-exhibitions/oil-slick-2019.

Osherenko, Gail. 2018. Broke: The Santa Barbara Oil Pipeline Spill of 2015. Film.

“Our History.” Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Website. Accessed July 7, 2021. https://www.santaynezchumash.org/chumash-history.

Peters, John Durham. 2016. The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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“Planning Commission Briefing Agenda Coal Oil Point Project Draft EIR.” 1987. Roger Lagerquist Isla Vista History Collection, ARCO (Atlantic Richfield Company) Coal Oil Point Project. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Potthoff, Gina. 2015. "Local fishermen file class-action lawsuit against oil company over Refugio spill." Noozhawk Website. July 8. Accessed July 14, 2021. https://www.noozhawk.com/article/fishermen_file_another_lawsuit_against_oil_company.

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“Southern Santa Barbara County and Its Resources [Souvenir Edition].” 1900. Summerland Advance-Courier. California State Library, Sacramento, CA.

Spezio, Teresa. 2018. Slick Policy: Environmental Science and Policy in the Aftermath of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Starioselski, Nicole. 2016. “Pipeline Entanglements of Fiber-Optic Cables.” Sustainable Media: Critical Approaches to Media and Environment. New York City: Routledge.

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Wernimont, Jacqueline. Performing Archive: Curtis + “the vanishing race.” Website. Accessed July 14, 2020. https://scalar.usc.edu/works/performingarchive/index.

Wheeling, Kate and Max Ufberg. “‘The Ocean Is Boiling’: The Complete Oral History of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill.” Pacific Standard. November 7, 2018. Accessed July 7, 2021. https://psmag.com/news/the-ocean-is-boiling-the-complete-oral-history-of-the-1969-santa-barbara-oil-spill.

Wilkinson, Elbert R. 1972. California Offshore Oil and Gas Seeps: A Publication of the California Division of Oil and Gas. Sacramento, CA. Accessed July 7, 2021. https://www.conservation.ca.gov/calgem/Documents/CA-offshore-seeps.pdf.

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