History's 10 worst oil disasters

POSTED: 09:17 AM PDT Apr 12, 2012    UPDATED: 07:40 AM PDT Jul 02, 2015 

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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