The IXTOC I well, located off the coast of Mexico, blew out on June 3, 1979. By the time the well was brought under control in 1980, an estimated 140 million gallons of oil had spilled.

Images from the Collections of the Office of Response and Restoration, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/photos/ships/ships.html 1) ixtox1

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