Category Archives: Ixtoc Oil Spill

Ixtoc I was an exploratory oil well being drilled by the semi-submersible drilling rig Sedco 135-F in the Bay of Campeche of the Gulf of Mexico, about 100 km (62 mi) northwest of Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche in waters 50 m (160 ft) deep. On 3 June 1979, the well suffered a blowout resulting in one of largest oil spills in history.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Ixtoc Oil Spill Lessons

Ixtoc Oil Spill Lessons ’79 Gulf oil spill leaves sobering lessons for BP By Mark Stevenson And Molly O’Toole MEXICO CITY — It started with a burst of gas through the drilling well. Workers scrambled to close the safety valves … Continue reading

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