CALIFORNIA STUDY COMPARES NATURAL/ DRILLING DISCHARGE CONTAMINANTS OFFSHORE

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.

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