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The California Coast is home to 27 active oil rigs which perform offshore drilling activities to sustain America’s thirst for fossil fuel. Offshore drilling has caused numerous catastrophic events including many deaths to both workers and marine animals.

Some of the largest oil fields in California are the Ellwood Oil Field, & Wilmington Oil Field which are both on and offshore, as well as the Dos Cuadras Field off the Santa Barbara Channel.

Dos Cuadras Field is wholly located in the federal zone and produces approximately 65,000 barrels of oil annually.

Offshore drilling in California has occurred since 1896 when the Summerland Oil Field in Santa Barbara County began drilling off of piers built out over the Pacific Ocean.

the first formally recognized offshore oil development was formed in 1953 off the shore of Seal Beach in Southern California.