Greenpeace Mexico said Friday’s accident appeared to have been caused by the failure of an underwater valve and that it illustrates the dangers of Mexico’s policy of promoting fossil fuels.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has bet heavily on drilling more wells and buying or building oil refineries. He touts oil as “the best business in the world.” Greenpeace wrote in a statement that the fire, which took five hours to extinguish, “demonstrates the serious risks posed by Mexico’s fossil fuel model to the environment and the safety of people.”
Climate activist Greta Thunberg reposted a video clip of the huge fireball on her Twitter account.
“Meanwhile, the people in power call themselves climate leaders when they open new oil fields, pipelines and coal power plants, granting new oil licenses to explore future oil drilling sites,” Thunberg wrote. “This is the world they are leaving us.”
Meanwhile, the people in power call themselves “climate leaders” as they open new oil fields, pipelines and coal plants … https://t.co/MeGcj9Ojl9
– Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) 1625294394000
Mexico’s state oil company said on Friday that an underwater gas pipeline ruptured near a drilling platform in the Gulf.
Petróleos Mexicanos sent fire control boats to pump more water onto the flames.
Pemex, as the company is known, said no one was injured in the incident at the Ku-Maloob-Zaap offshore field.
The leak near dawn on Friday occurred about 150 yards (meters) from a drilling rig. The company said it had controlled the gas leak about five hours later.
It was unclear how much environmental damage the gas leak and the oceanic fireball had caused.