Biggest oil spill?

August 4, 2010

BP plans asset sale of $30 billion

OIL-SPILL/BP-TAXHowever, the company, facing public anger over the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, tempted further ire by denying it needed cultural change and by offsetting the costs of the spill, including expected fines, against its taxes.

Your article claims this is the largest oil spill in US history: catastrophic as it is, this is not the worst oil spill in the US.

That accolade belongs to the ‘Lakeview Gusher’ in California, which flowed for 16 months between May 1910 and September 1911, releasing an estimated 9 million barrels of crude oil – about 283 million Imperial gallons (378 million US gall).

W.B.
Our story should have used worst instead of biggest. We fixed it in a subsequent version: GBU Editor

BP chief executive Tony Hayward poses for the media outside BP’s headquarters in London July 27, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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