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03/06/1979 Ixtoc I oil spill

Ixtoc I was an exploratory oil well being drilled by the semi-submersible drilling rig Sedco 135 in the Bay of Campeche of the Gulf of Mexico, about 100 km northwest of Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche in waters 50 m deep. The well suffered a blowout resulting in one of the largest oil spills in history.