The Mexican state oil company reported on Friday, July 2, that it suffered a rupture in a submarine pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico, sending flames to the surface in the Gulf waters.
Petroleos Mexicanos stated that it had sent firefighting boats to pump more water onto the flames.
Pemex, as the company is known, stated that no one was hurt in the incident in the offshore field Ku-Maloob-Zaap.
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The leak occurred around Friday morning about 150 metres from a drilling rig. The company reported that the gas leak was contained about five hours later.
But the incident resulted in the strange view of boiling flame balls beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
The magnitude of the environmental damage caused by the gas leak and the offshore fireball was not clear.
An underwater gas pipeline has caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico. It is connected to a platform operated by Mexican oil giant Pemex that was producing 726,000 barrels per day of oil equivalent at the moment of the incident. https://t.co/xLzQOkumWhpic.twitter.com/ieqCVhtD95— Akshat Rathi (@AkshatRathi) July 2, 2021
Miyoko Sakashita, director of the oceans program for the Center for Biological Diversity, wrote that “the frightening footage of the Gulf of Mexico is showing the world that offshore drilling is dirty and dangerous.”
⚠️SCARY BREAKING NEWS, PLEASE RETWEET AS WE MUST STOP THIS⚠️A fire just broke out in the Gulf of Mexico after an underwater pipeline leaked. Multi-billion dollar petroleum company Pemex, just ranked the #7th most polluting company in the world, is responsible for this yet again! pic.twitter.com/Y9v7K7dd0i— Timothy Sykes (@timothysykes) July 3, 2021
Sakashita further added, “These horrific accidents will continue to harm the Gulf if we don’t end offshore drilling once and for all.”