Gulf of Mexico fire burns after pipeline leak

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A source of fire burned down in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday after an undersea pipeline ruptured.

The Mexican state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said in a tweet that the fire was put out on Friday at 10:45 a.m.

Videos posted on social media show boats spraying the underwater fire with more water. Pemex said it sent fire fighting boats to pump more water out of the flames.

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The leak occurred about 150 meters from an oil rig, and it took about five hours for control personnel to try to put out the fire.

It was unclear how much environmental damage the gas leak and the oceanic fireball caused.

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Miyoko Sakashita, director of the oceans program at the Center for Biological Diversity, wrote that “the frightening images of the Gulf of Mexico show the world that offshore drilling is dirty and dangerous.”

Sakashita added, “These horrific accidents will continue to hurt the Gulf if we do not end offshore drilling once and for all.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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