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History's 10 Most Famous Oil Spills

To learn more about the ten significant oil spills in history, click on the links below. 
Brittany, France
March 16, 1978


29 nautical miles southeast of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
December 15, 1976 


Linden, New Jersey
March 6, 1990



Bay of Campeche off Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico
June 3, 1979


60 nautical miles south-southeast of Galveston, Texas
June 8, 1990
Arabian (Persian) Gulf
1991 Gulf War


Tampa Bay, Florida
August 10, 1993




Southeast of Galveston Entrance in the Gulf of Mexico
November 1, 1979


Saginaw River near Bay City, Michigan
September 16, 1990


Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska
March 24, 1989