Oil Spill Impact


Last spring’s explosion on an oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the Deepwater Horizon, is the latest example of the damage that can be done when accidents happen in the pursuit of one of the world’s most valuable commodities.

Click on the gallery below to learn about what happened to cause spills in the past and how much damage they did, and watch Justin Finch’s update from the Gulf on the anniversary of the disaster.


April 20, 2010

Location: The Gulf of Mexico

A oil drilling rig explodes, killing 11 workers and causing oil to flow freely into the Gulf for nearly 4 months.

Amount spilled: Approximately 4.9 million barrels


January, 1991

At the beginning of the first Gulf War in 1991, the Iraqi army destroyed Kuwaiti oil resources including tankers and wells.

Location: Kuwait

Amount spilled: 900 million barrels (the most in history)


March 24, 1989

The Exxon Valdez hit rocks off the coast of Alaska.

Location: Prince William Sound, Alaska

Amount spilled: Between 260,000 to 750,000 barrels


March 16, 1978

The Amoco Cadiz ran aground because of a flawed steering mechanism, spilling it's entire cargo.

Location: The coast of Brittany, France

Amount spilled: 1.6 million barrels


June 3, 1979

A two mile deep well, the IXTOC I, blew out and caught fire. It was not completely contained until March of 1980.

Location: Bay of Campeche, The Gulf of Mexico

Amount spilled: 3 million barrels


November 1, 1979

The Burmah Agate crashed into a freighter called Mimosa near Galveston, TX, causing an explosion and fire that lasted until January 8, 1980.

Location: The Gulf of Mexico

Amount spilled: 2.6 million barrels. 7.8 million barrels were burned in the fire.


Discovered September, 1978

The Greenpoint neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY has has oil refineries since the 1840s. Standard Oil, which later became Exxon Mobile, used the plants until the 1960s. This spill is the result of industrial waste over decades of oil processing. The cleanup of this heavily populated neighborhood is ongoing.

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Amount spilled: Appoximately 400,000 barrels


Panel concludes more regulations, reforms needed.


The One Eyed Rhynos are singing to save the animals.


A wrap up of recent efforts in the Gulf.

One comment on “Oil Spill Impact

  1. Manuel

    Personally I think this economy should shape up and stop buying things that this country doesn’t need in order to have more money to pay for things like this.


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