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Taft, California: Lakeview Gusher - World's Largest Oil Spill

In 1910 an oil well exploded and spit out 100,000 barrels a day for 544 days. Historical marker flags the site.

Petroleum Club Rd, Taft, CA
Southeast of town. Historical marker is on the north side of Petroleum Club Rd, less than a half-mile east of Hwy 33.
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Lakeview Gusher - World's Largest Oil Spill

Night view of the possible spot of the historic oil spill in Taft.

[Scott Sheahen, 12/17/2018]
Largest Oil Gusher Ever

Taft has a unique site....the Lakeview Gusher (1910), billed as the largest gusher ever. It is even a CA historic site. All that's there is a huge hole (everything else was blown away by the gusher) and some berms that channeled the river of oil. Good thing there was no EPA back then.

[Chris Lowe, 11/24/1998]

The gusher erupted on March 14, 1910, and spewed oil for 544 days. It only stopped because the well collapsed. There's a plaque at the site that notes that it "reached uncontrolled peak of 100,000 barrels per day." A lot of potential future road trips were wasted there.

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