In the video of the incident that was shared on Twitter by several Mexican journalists and publications, the fire can be seen having a circular shape and emerging close to the state-owned oil firm Pemex.
Image Source: First Post A fire raged on the surface of the Southern waters of Mexico on Friday. Mexico’s state-owned oil company said Friday it suffered a rupture in an undersea gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico, sending flames boiling to the surface in the Gulf waters. The leak took place about 150 yards (meters) from a drilling platform. The incident happened when an oil pipeline connected to Pemex’s Ku-Maloob-Zaap offshore platform complex ruptured, Mexican-state-owned petroleum company Petróleos Mexicanos, also known as Pemex, said: Although, no injuries have been reported by Pemex but it is unclear how much environmental damage took place because of the gas leak and the oceanic fireball. The incident gave rise to the strange sight of roiling balls of flame boiling up from below the surface of the Gulf Or Mexico. The production from the project was not affected after the gas leak ignited around 5:15 a.m. local time and it took 5 hours to bring the incident under control. The company mentioned it used boats to pump water over the underwater blaze, and nitrogen was also used to control the fire. After nearly six hours, authorities successfully extinguished the fire and the gas emanation, restoring normal operating conditions. Angel Carrizales, head of Mexico’s oil safety regulator ASEA, took to Twitter and said the incident has generated no oil spill however did not clarify what led to the fire on the oceanic fireball.
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Social media was awash with reactions to the videos, varying from confusion to concern. Not only reactions, but this incident has also led to the flooding of memes on the social media platform. According to a statement released by the company, “The incident was dealt with immediately when the security protocols were activated and with the accompaniment of nearby fire fighting vessels such as Santa Cruz Island, Campeche Bay, and Bourbon Alienor.” They added that following the fire incident, “the interconnection valves in the pipeline were closed”. 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.” She further mentioned that “the horrific accidents will continue to harm the Gulf if we don’t end offshore drilling once and for all.”