By Thomas D. Beamish
A learn of the Guadalupe, California, oil spill and what it finds approximately society's disinclination to answer power, festering environmental difficulties.
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On both occasions, Unocal had reported petroleum on the beach but had denied responsibility. In the second instance, a field worker anonymously reported that the spills were Unocal’s. 6 Efforts by Unocal to contain leaching diluent, Santa Maria River. detection of the spillage came decades too late to avert tremendous accumulations of petroleum in the groundwater of the area and its subsequent and continued leakage into the bordering wetland, riverine, and marine environments. In view of the history related above, significant questions remain concerning why the spill went on so long without self-reporting, why environmental enforcement did not occur, and why the eventual enforcement took the forms that it did.
On the other hand, the county increasingly attracted people who wanted to escape urban and industrial sprawl. This conflicted with the development of the petroleum infrastructure. Petroleum development had little regional support. With time, any support it may have once had has disappeared. The Setting The Guadalupe Dunes are located in southwestern corner of San Luis Obispo County, 30 miles south of the city of San Luis Obispo (population 41,950) and 65 miles north of the city of Santa Barbara (population 86,000), bordering the Pacific Ocean.
To answer questions of this type, we must look at the interlocking social and environmental relations that constitute environmental troubles as they are created. Revisionist Research: Beyond Realism and Naive Social Constructionism Rarely has there been research that has integrated how environmental crises manifest themselves, how they are made sensible and rationalized by society, and how they are acted on as an interactive process. Contemporary research in the social sciences, however, has begun to move beyond the naive positivism prevalent in the assessments of “human” and “natural” worlds, instead theorizing the mutually constitutive relationship between the two.