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Recent Major International Oil Spills (Greater Than 1,000 Gallons)

Spill (gallons)

Location

Date

Substance

Source

200 million
Gulf of Mexico
4/20/2010
Crude oil
Offshore rig blowout (Deepwater Horizon)

23.7 million

Spain

11/13/2002

Crude oil

Tanker destroyed

8.6 million
Pakistan
7/28/2003
Crude oil
Tanker destroyed
6.2 million
Timor Sea, offshore Australia
8/21/2009
Crude oil
Well blowout
3.7 million
South Korea
12/7/2007
Crude oil
Tanker collision
1.68 million
Offshore Nigeria
12/21/2011
Crude oil
Transfer of crude from FPSO to tanker
1.3 million
Australia
8/24/2009
Crude oil
Offshore rig blowout
800,000
Michigan
7/26/2010
Crude oil
Oil pipeline crack
756,000
Singapore
5/25/2010
Heavy fuel oil
Tanker collision
530,000
Phillippines
8/11/2006
Crude oil
Tanker destroyed
475,000
Vietnam
6/17/2009
Crude oil
Tanker exploded
400,000
Liaoning province, China
7/17/2010
Crude oil
Pipeline
134,400
Bohai Bay, China
6/17/2011
Crude oil and oil-based drilling mud
Seafloor seep due to drilling
126,000
Offshore Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil
11/7/2011
Crude oil
Seafloor seep due to drilling
115,000
Vietnam
4/27/2010
Diesel fuel
Tanker sank
93,000
Astrolabe Reef, offshore New Zealand
10/5/2011
Heavy fuel oil
Tanker spill (Rena)
55,000
North Sea, United Kingdom
8/10/2011
Crude oil
Undersea pipeline
25,000
Nightingale Island
3/22/2011
Crude oil
Cargo ship wreck
22,000
Australia
3/11/2009
Crude oil
Cargo ship leak
12,000
Mumbai
8/7/2010
Diesel fuel
Ship collision