Greenpeace Mexico said Friday’s crash appears to have been caused by the failure of a submarine valve and shows the dangers of Mexico’s fossil fuel promotion policy.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been betting heavily on drilling more wells and buying or building oil refineries. He calls oil “the best business in the world.” Greenpeace wrote in a statement that the fire, which took five hours to extinguish, “demonstrates the serious dangers posed by Mexico’s fossil fuel model to the environment and human safety.”
Climate activist Greta Tunberg posted a video clip of the mass fireball on her Twitter account.
“Meanwhile, people in power are calling themselves climate leaders as they open new oil wells, pipelines and coal-fired power plants – issuing new oil licenses to explore future oil rigs,” Thunberg wrote. ”
Meanwhile, the people in power call themselves “climate leaders” as they open new oil wells, pipelines and coal… https://t.co/MeGcj9Ojl9
– Greta Tunberg (@GretaThunberg) 1625294394000
Mexico’s state oil company said Friday that an offshore gas pipeline broke near a drilling rig in the Gulf.
Petroleos Mexicanos sent fire control boats to pump more water over the flames.
Pemex, as the company is known, said no one was injured in the Ku-Maloob-Zaap offshore field incident.
The leak near dawn on Friday occurred about 150 meters from a drilling rig. The company said it had brought the gas leak under control about five hours later.
It was not clear how much environmental damage was caused by the gas leak and the ocean fire.