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Gulf Oil Spill Information Center: Facts About the Oil Spill

The Spill - By the Numbers

The major statistics and number surrounding the Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Sick Dolphins in the Gulf  

Oil is toxic to wildlife. Hundreds of species, including bluefin tuna and sea turtles, are directly affected by the oil spill.

The Three Myths of Offshore Drilling

Offshore drilling is not safe, will not lower gas prices and will not make the U.S. energy independent.

Exxon Valdez and Long-term Recovery after a Spill

The Exxon Valdez oil spill demonstrates what could happen in the Gulf of Mexico 20 years later. However, the Deepwater Horizon spill was 18 times larger.

The Spill’s Effect on Gulf Fisheries | pdf

Fisheries closures, oil pollution and safety concerns are having heavy impacts on Gulf fisheries.

Options for Dealing with a Spill | pdf

There is no effective way to clean up a catastrophic oil spill.

False Sense of Safety

Safety measures will not make offshore drilling safe.

The Timor Sea Oil Spill of 2009

In August 2009 the Montara oil rig suffered a blowout and began spilling oil in the Timor Sea between East Timor and Australia, showing that even in shallow water offshore drilling is not safe.

Recent Major U.S. Oil Spills

A list of the major U.S. oil spills in recent years.

Recent International Oil Spills

A list of the major international oil spills in recent years.