The Largest Oil Spills in History, 1901 to Present
This map shows the largest oil spills in history (1901 to Present), from tanker accidents and drilling operations, as well as a number of other notable spills. An oil spill is a release of a liquid petroleum hydrocarbon into the environment due to human activity, and is a form of pollution.
There is not much attention to oil spills until in 1967, when one supertanker, TORREY CANYON, ran aground on Pollard Rock off the coast of England. The TORREY CANYON disaster made headlines around the world. Legislation governing oil tankers carried oil was passed after the crash.
* Only spills that have spilled over 10,000 tons included.
* The amount of oil spilt in an incident include all oil lost to the environment, including that which burnt or remained in a sunken vessel.
* The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is a massive ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, now considered the largest offshore spill in U.S. history.