MEXICO CITY — After a gas leak at an undersea pipeline released a subaquatic flame that appeared to boil the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, environmentalists chastised Mexico’s state-owned oil corporation on Saturday.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has placed a large wager on digging new wells and purchasing or constructing oil refineries. Oil, he claims, is “the finest business in the world.”
Greta Thunberg, a climate activist, shared a video of the enormous flame on Twitter.
“In the meantime, the people in power proclaim themselves ‘climate leaders’ as they build new oilfields, pipelines, and coal power plants – giving new oil licenses to explore potential oil drilling sites,” Thunberg wrote. “This is the planet they’ve left for us to inherit.”
An underwater gas pipeline broke near a drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico, according to Mexico’s state-owned oil firm.
Firefighting boats were deployed by Petroleos Mexicanos to spray extra water on the flames.
The event at the offshore Ku-Maloob-Zaap field did not result in any injuries, according to Pemex.
It was unknown how much harm the gas leak and marine firestorm had done to the ecosystem.