Ixtoc I Well Blow Out | 3 million barrels crude | Bay of Campeche 1979

After Deepwater Horizon, the Worst Marine Oil Spill of All Time

Gulf of Campeche Well Blow Out


On 3 June 1979, the Ixtoc 1 oil drilling platform in the Gulf of Campeche well experienced a blowout resulting in one of largest oil spills in history. Operated by Pemex (Petróleos Mexicanos), the rig blew up and caught fire while drilling approximately 11,000 feet beneath the sea floor. The well pumped an average of 10,000 to 30,000 barrels into the Gulf until it was eventually brought under control 10 months later.

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