On June 3, 1979, the IXTOC I exploratory well blew out 600 miles south of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico. It continued to spill out oil at an approximate rate of 10,000 – 30,000 barrels per day, until March 23, 1980 when it was finally capped.
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IXTOC I Well Blowout. Photograph. IncidentNews. Comp. Emergency Response Division, Office of Response and Restoration, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and US Department of Commerce, 14 Feb. 2007. Web. 14 July 2010. <http://www.incidentnews.gov/entry/517477>.