History's 10 worst oil disasters

POSTED: 09:17 AM PDT Apr 12, 2012    UPDATED: 09:32 AM PDT Apr 20, 2015 

On the five-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, take a look back at history's worst oil disasters.

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1. Gulf War Oil Spill (240 million gallons) -- In January 1991, Iraqi forces deliberately released more than 240 million gallons of crude oil into the Persian Gulf in an attempt to thwart an amphibious landing by the U.S. Marines.

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