Fireball erupting from Gulf of Mexico caused by rupture in underwater gas pipeline
MEXICO CITY / AP — Mexico’s state-owned oil company suffered a rupture in an underwater gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico, sending flames boiling up to the surface, officials said.
Fire control boats were sent to the site to pump water over the flames, Petroleos Mexicanos said.
The company, also referred to as Pemex, said nobody was injured in the incident in the offshore Ku-Maloob-Zaap field.
The leak happened early Friday morning about 150 yards from a drilling platform. The leak was under control about five hours after it ruptured.
The accident caused balls of flames to boil up from below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
It’s not known how much environmental damage the gas leak and oceanic fireball caused.
Miyoko Sakashita, oceans program director 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.”
“These horrific accidents will continue to harm the Gulf if we don’t end offshore drilling once and for all,” Sakashita added.
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