1979 - 1980. Photographs
by E.R. Gundlach unless noted. Contact
Spill conditions: It is
estimated that more than 500,000 tons of crude oil was spilled into
the Gulf of Mexico from blowout of the Ixtoc I well offshore in
the Bay of Campeche. It occurred in early 1979, and several months
later impacted the Texas shoreline, primarily along Padre Island.
An early storm in September, reversed the currents and self-cleansed
most of the shoreline, leaving only (relatively unusual) tarmats.
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