Oil Spills

Remember when…Retreating Iraqi troops deliberately spilled 462 million gallons of oil into the Persian Gulf and set more than 700 oilfield fires.

And don’t forget…The last major spill in the Gulf was in June 1979, when an offshore drilling rig in Mexican waters — the Ixtoc I — blew up, releasing 140 million gallons of oil. The well was owned by Mexico’s state oil company, known as Pemex. It took Pemex and a series of U.S. contractors nearly nine months to cap the well, and a great deal of the oil contaminated Mexican and U.S. waters.


May 27, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. There’s a lot of natural oil seepage along the continental shelf in SoCal. There’s always small tar balls here and there on the beach. I remember the Santa Barbara leak in the early ’60s. That was a different thing all together and not good and it was comparatively small.

    I don’t think we’re ever going to go back to not drilling offshore. I think from now on there will be a lot more precautions mandated and contingency plans for shutting down a well like what is happening now in the Gulf will be put in place and on standby all the time. I think that’s probably a good thing and worth the expense. We give those guys the leases for almost nothing and oil’s selling for $70 a barrel. They can afford it and still make good profits.

    It’s been like a Chinese fire drill.

    Comment by reddog | May 28, 2010 | Reply

  2. I think the government gets about 19% of production. Lots of money for doing nothing.

    Comment by cutshoot | May 29, 2010 | Reply

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