Mexico's state-owned oil company Pemex said Friday that they had suffered a rupture in an underwater gas pipeline, sending flames to the surface at Ku-Maloob-Zaap field. The incident was rendered safe by fire control boats dispatched by PEMEX who were able to pump more water over the flame as it reached skyward heights of 30 meters (98 feet). Nobody was injured thankfully and there is no known environmental impact from this accident even though flames could be seen on live video footage piercing through black smoke above sea level into clouds.
The leak near dawn Friday occurred about 150 yards from a drilling platform. The company said it had brought the gas leak under control about five hours later, and that there were no injuries or evacuations because of this event.
The leak near dawn Friday occurred about 150 yards from a drilling platform. The company said it had brought the gas leak under control five hours after that incident but is still investigating its cause and trying to figure out if any harm was done or could be coming soon.
It has been recorded that the BP Oil Spill caused a major environmental disaster. It is said, in some cases, to be even worse than what happened during Hurricane Katrina or Chernobyl itself!
Miyoko Sakashita, the 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.”
Sakashita added, “These horrific accidents will continue to harm the Gulf if we don’t end offshore drilling once and for all.”