Environmental

Current oil spill in Gulf of Mexico eerily similar to 1979 disaster

The Rachel Maddow Show recently featured a story that pointed out the eerie similarities between the current BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and an event that occurred in 1979. In the 1979 disaster, an oil rig off the coast of Mexico, called the Ixtoc I, suffered a failure in its blowout preventer, exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico. It would be 290 days later before the company responsible – Southeastern Drilling Company, or Sedco – was able to stop the massive leak by drilling two relief wells. When all was said and done, 3.3 million barrels of oil poured into the Gulf. Oh, and Sedco? Is now known as Transocean – owner of the Deepwater Horizon, which exploded on April 20 after its blowout preventer failed, and sank on April 22, and has since been spewing thousands of barrels of oil per day into the Gulf of Mexico.Watch the video: