An oil platform blowout off the coast of Santa Barbara not only galvanized the community and state but led to a wave of environmental laws nationwide. On January 28, 1969, thousands of barrels of oil spilled into the ocean off Platform A about 5 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara. That gave impetus to what we consider now the cornerstones to the modern environmental movement. A year later, the first Earth Day was held. A bipartisan effort in Washington, D.C., passed the National Environmental Policy Act and President Richard Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency. A succession of other laws protecting water, marine life and endangered species followed. The Santa Barbara oil spill was the environmental shot heard around the world.