History's 10 worst oil disasters

Published On: Apr 12 2012 09:17:07 AM PDT   Updated On: Jul 02 2015 07:40:56 AM PDT

BP has reached a historic agreement with five Gulf States to settle the claims made against the company from a massive oil spill in 2010. Take a look back at history's worst oil disasters.

Ixtoc oil spill 1979
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3. Ixtoc (140 million gallons) -- The exploratory oil well Ixtoc I exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on June 3, 1979, spewing 140 million gallons of oil into the open sea.


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