News sources have reported that a pipeline explosion in Veracruz (Mexico) has led to the death of four people. The fire, which forced Pemex to temporarily halt operations along the line, was supposedly started by suspected fuel thieves.
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The fire came from the Minatitlan-Mexico pipeline, which has since been put out by Pemex personnel and has been working to close the tap.
As quoted by the Associated Press and cited by the New Zealand Herald, Pemex, the company behind the pipeline, commented: “an illegal pipeline tap went up in flames in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz on Saturday, killing four suspected fuel thieves.”
Fuels thefts cost Mexico between US$780 million - US$1 billion a year. With this becoming a growing problem in Mexico, its army has begun operations against the criminal groups behind it, according to Reuters. Pemex’s statement added: “Stealing fuel poses a serious risk to people, communities and the environment,” according to Xinhua.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldpipelines.com/equipment-and-safety/15052017/pipeline-explodes-in-mexico/