Environmentalists slam Mexico after fireball in Gulf – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
MEXICO CITY (AP) – Environmentalists criticized Mexico’s state-owned oil company on Saturday after a gas leak in an underwater pipeline released an underwater fireball that appeared to boil the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Greenpeace Mexico said Friday’s accident was apparently caused by the failure of an underwater valve and shows the dangers of Mexico’s fossil fuel extraction policy.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been betting heavily on drilling more wells and buying or building oil refineries. He advertises oil as “the best business in the world”.
Greenpeace said in a statement that the fire, which took five hours to extinguish, “shows the serious risks that Mexico’s fossil fuel model poses to the environment and human safety”.
The climate activist Greta Thunberg has posted a video clip of the massive fireball on her Twitter account.
“Those in power now call themselves ‘climate leaders’ when they open up new oil fields, pipelines and coal-fired power plants – and issue new oil licenses for exploring future oil drilling sites,” Thunberg wrote. “This is the world they leave for us.”
The state-owned Mexican oil company announced on Friday that an underwater gas pipeline had burst near an oil rig in the Gulf.
Petroleos Mexicanos dispatched fire control boats to pump more water over the flames.
Pemex, as the company is called, said no one was injured in the incident in the Ku-Maloob-Zaap offshore field.
The leak near dawn on Friday occurred about 150 meters (meters) from a drilling platform. The company said it brought the gas leak under control about five hours later.
It was unclear how much environmental damage the gas leak and oceanic fireball had caused.
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