Undersea gas pipeline rupture causes fire in Gulf of Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP), Mexico's state-owned oil firm said Friday that it had suffered a leak in its undersea pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico. This caused flames to rise to the surface of the Gulf waters. Petroleos Mexicanos stated that it dispatched fire control vessels to help put more water on the flames. Pemex, the company's name, stated that nobody was hurt in the incident at Ku-Maloob-Zaap offshore field. Near dawn Friday, the leak was located 150 yards (meters), from a drilling platform. The company claimed that the gas leak was under control within five hours. The accident caused the bizarre sight of boiling flames rising from the Gulf of Mexico. It is not clear how much environmental damage the oceanic fireball and gas leak caused. Miyoko Sakashita is the oceans program director at the Center for Biological Diversity. She wrote that the shocking footage of the Gulf of Mexico shows the world that offshore drilling can be dangerous and dirty. Sakashita said, "These horrific accidents will continue to damage the Gulf if it doesn't end offshore drilling once for all."

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