Pipeline rupture off Mexican coast sets Gulf on fire

Pipeline rupture off Mexican coast sets Gulf on fire
Gulf of Mexico pipeline fire (PEMEX pipeline near Mexican coast). Video still via Twitter

[Ed. – Although the reflexive assumption is most likely — there’s an equipment or maintenance problem here — there’s a decidedly non-zero chance of this being sabotage.  That point is a more intelligent one than Democratic lawmakers’ rant about “climate crisis deniers.”  The event certainly makes for dramatic images.  The Mexican authorities say the pipeline break is contained at this point.]

Democratic lawmakers mocked climate crisis deniers after an underwater oil pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico ruptured early Friday, setting the surface of the water ablaze.

The fire raged in the Ku Maloob Zaap oil field, located near the southern rim of the Gulf of Mexico, around 5:15 a.m. local time and was completely extinguished by 10:30 a.m., according to Mexico’s state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, also known as Pemex.

Videos of the blaze bubbling up like molten lava went viral on social media, with some users dubbing it as an “eye of fire” given the fire’s round shape.

Location of the Ku-Maloob-Zaap oil field where the PEMEX pipeline ruptured on 2 Jul 2021. Map credit: Mexico Business News. https://mexicobusiness.news/oilandgas/news/ku-maloob-zaap-cantarell

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