William G. Steinhauer Battelle Ocean Sciences Duxbury, Mass. Eiji Imamura Marine Research Specialists Ventura, Calif. Joan Roberts Barminski Minerals Management Service Camarillo, Calif. Jerry M. Neff Arthur D. Little Co. Cambridge, Mass. An analysis of drilling fluid and cuttings discharges in the southern Santa Maria basin offshore California indicates that the amount of metal and hydrocarbon contaminants from drilling operations is small relative to that from natural sources. The metal and hydrocarbon discharges were calculated for only one of the three platforms discharging between 1986 and 1989 in the Point Ar...

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