Oil spill cleanup in the gulf

Other oil disasters


How this spill compares

Graphic comparing this spill with other spills

1979 Ixtoc rig explosion: 140 million gallons over 10 months in the Gulf of Mexico

1989 Exxon-Valdez tanker crash: 11 million gallons in Prince William Sound, Alaska

1993 Egmont Key 3-ship crash: 336,000 gallons into Tampa Bay

2010: If this rig continues to leak at its current rate for 3 months, it will release 18.9 million gallons


Tanker crash spilled oil in Tampa Bay

Times file photos, 1993

On August 10, 1993, two barges and a tanker collided at the mouth of Tampa Bay, spilling 300,000 gallons of oil and 33,000 gallons of jet fuel. The spill fouled 13 miles of Pinellas beaches. For $35 million, crews managed to clean up most of the oil within three weeks, in time for Labor Day tourists, but few showed up.

Exxon-Valdez spill

In 1989, a tanker left a filling station, hit a reef and spilled 11 million gallons into Alaska's Prince William Sound. It wasn't the largest spill ever, but it's considered one of the most devastating man-made disasters because the sound's remote location hindered cleanup efforts. Tens of thousands of sea birds, otters and other marine animals died.

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This Red Necked Greb was covered in oil after the Exxon-Valdez spill.

Ixtoc I spill

A Mexican government-owned oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 1979, leaking 140 million gallons before it was sealed 10 months later. Two months after the explosion, oil washed ashore in Texas, 600 miles north of the rig.

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The Deepwater Horizon rig disaster
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After a deepwater drilling rig exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana on April 20, about 4.9 million barrels of oil spewed into the water. The spill was capped on July 15, but its aftermath still affects Florida.

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