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Crews Dig Out Beach Hazards on the Goleta Coast

By John Palminteri, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Senior Reporter, johnp1250@aol.com
Published On: Mar 24 2014 09:25:12 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 24 2014 02:00:00 AM CDT

Crews have been cleaning up debris and other hazardous materials from Haskell's Beach after the most recent storms uncovered old, unsafe pieces of wood and metal from oil production projects decades ago.

GOLETA, Calif. -

Crews have arrived to dig out beach hazards along the Goleta coastline that were exposed in the March 1 storm.

The work area stretches from the sand near Coal Oil point by UC Santa Barbara to the beach in front of Bacara.

Old wooden posts and steel beams were left behind from oil production decades ago.

They were declared hazards after the storm and several agencies worked together to get a clean up plan in place without a lot of red tape.

They included the State Lands Commission and the City of Goleta.  

About $200,000 in funds are available for the project through the Federal Environmental Assistant act.

Some additional funding has also been provided by the city.

Crews with shovels, torches, and some heavy equipment were on the beach this afternoon at low tide to begin

The project will take about two weeks.

Some of the hazards have never been seen by residents or officials with State Lands. They have been covered with sand but the storm took out, in some areas, about 20 feet of the beach to the spot where the beams exist. There are also abandoned on shore pipes and cables that can be seen coming out of the ground just up from the sand.  They will also be dug up and cut out. 

More details on this story will be posted later.

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