Ten Largest Oil Spills in the U.S.

The following table lists the largest oil spills in U.S. history. The date of the spill, circumstances surrounding the spill, and amount of oil spilled are also given.

Rank Date Cause Source Location Spill Volume
1. April 20, 2010 explosion drilling rig Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana an estimated 200,000 gallons a day
2. March 24, 1989 reef collision tanker Exxon Valdez Prince William Sound, Alaska 10+ million gallons
3. Dec. 15, 1976 ran aground tanker Argo Merchant Nantucket Island 7.7 million gallons
4. Aug.–Sept. 2005 Hurricane Katrina various sources New Orleans, La. 7 million gallons
5. June 8, 1990 explosion tanker Mega Borg 60 miles off Galveston, Texas 5.1 million gallons
6. Nov. 28, 2000 ran aground tanker Westchester Port Sulphur, La. 567,000 gallons
7. Jan. 23, 2010 collision tanker Eagle Otome Port Arthur, Texas 462,000 gallons
8. July 25, 2008 collision unnamed barge New Orleans, La. 419,000 gallons
9. Dec. 7, 2004 ran aground M/V Selendang Ayu Aleutian Islands, Alaska 337,000 gallons
10. Aug. 10, 1993 collision barge Bouchard B155 Tampa Bay, Fla. 336,000 gallons

Information Please® Database, © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

Railroad Accidents Disasters Sports Disasters
Ten Largest Offshore Oil Spills in the U.S.

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

12 Pumpkin Activities and Crafts for Kids
Pumpkins and gourds are perfect for fall fun and games with the kids. Find the best pumpkin activities, crafts, printables, and recipes to enjoy with your children this Halloween season.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

15 Best Slow Cooker Meals
Too busy to cook? Try one of these deliciously easy slow cooker meals and have dinner waiting when you get home!

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!