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Thus, there are large areas of the bight north and south of Los Angeles where discharges of waste waters to the bight are minimal. CLASSES OF CONTAMINANTS Oil Exploration and Production Wastes and Petroleum Natural seeps along the coasts of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange counties intermittently or continuously discharge large quantities of oil and tar to nearshore waters of the bight. Fischer (1978) estimated that as few as 2,000 and as many as 30,000 metric tons (10 million gal) of oil enter the Santa Barbara Channel each year from natural seeps, the best known at Coal Oil Point.
1988). These high-molecular-weight aromatic hydrocarbons are derived from creosoted pilings, industrial (especially refinery) effluents, domestic sewage, oil spills, aerial fallout, and bilge water from ships, particularly crude oil tankers. It is difficult, if not impossible, to construct a complete mass balance and describe long-term trends for all sources of inputs of petroleum hydrocarbons to the bight. However, inputs of petroleum hydrocarbons in treated sewage are known to have declined as the "oil and grease" fraction of the sewage declined during the last 15 years due to improved removal methods and implementation of source control and pretreatment programs.
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