The Deepwater Horizon oil spill surpassed the size of the 1969 Santa Barbara spill and the Exxon Valdez. Here are some other historical spills.
Aug. 19, 1979 Texas state Rep. Arnold Gonzales examines some of the gooey Mexican crude oil that washed onto the Mustang Island beach from the Gulf of Mexico. On June 3, 1979, the Ixtoc offshore well blew and went uncapped for 294 days, creating one of history's largest oil spills and ruining Texas beaches. John Best/UPI Buy Photo