Oil Company That Caught Ocean on Fire Has Staggeringly Long History of Death, Accidents

The oil company responsible for the whole catching -the-oceanon-fire incident has a history of horrible and fatal accidents.Pemex, also known as Petrleos Mexicanos has a history of major accidents at its facilities since 1979. According to the BBC, that was the year when the exploratory oil well Ixtoc I of Petrleos Mexicanos ruptured, resulting in one of most severe oil spillages in history.The company was found responsible for the 1992 explosions in Guadalajara that were caused by gasoline in the city's sewers. According to ARIA, a French agency responsible for investigating industrial accidents, the explosions claimed the lives or more than 252 people.Four Pemex officials were charged with negligence after the explosions. However, they were ultimately cleared of all charges to the dismay of survivors.AdvertisementAdvertisementPemex had a 20-year period with relatively few major incidents, until 2012 when an explosion at one of its gas plants in Reynosa (Mexico) occurred. The incident resulted in the deaths of 30 people, and 46 injuries. It also sparked nearly a decade worth of fatal accidents and deaths due to negligence.According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the explosion that occurred at the Mexico City offices of the company in 2013 was one example. The incident resulted in at least 37 deaths and 126 injuries. Its cause has not been determined.Two separate explosions and fires that occurred at company plants and oil tankers in 2016 resulted to the death of 28 people. Global News reports that an explosion took place at the Pemex pipeline in Hidalgo in 2019 after hundreds of people tried to obtain fuel through an illegal pipe drain.Mexican officials responded with an incredulous statement claiming that the explosion was an example of fuel theft across the country, despite nearly 80 people having died in the blast.AdvertisementAdvertisementThis brings us to 2021 when a Pemex natural-gas pipeline burst in Gulf of Mexico, causing the ocean to catch fire and look like the Eye of Sauron rising from the water.After a ruptured pipeline, the Gulf of Mexico is aflame. It's a great system. pic.twitter.com/5HK6VfxOP EoinHiggins (@EoinHiggins_), July 2, 2021According to Reuters, the raging inferno was put out of control after a five-hour battle. In response, there have been calls for tighter regulation and the complete abolition of oil drilling.In a tweet, the Center for Biological Diversity stated that offshore drilling has become a shocking new and very dangerous practice. We must stop offering oil leases to the Gulf and #EndOffshoreDrilling to ensure a fair transition to cleaner energy, and more jobs.AdvertisementAdvertisementThis is a shocking new example of how dangerous and dirty offshore drilling can be. We must end offering oil leases to the Gulf and #EndOffshoreDrilling to ensure a fair transition to cleaner energy, and more jobs. https://t.co/1K4Zdqeu4d ctr4BioDiv Ocean (@EndangeredOcean July 2, 2021Pemex announced that it would investigate the incident. However, the company's long-standing history of deadly explosions or fires doesn't inspire confidence in the future.Learn more about oil accidents: Leaks in the underwater pipeline, Gulf of Mexico Ocean Catches On FireFuturism readers are invited to join the Singularity Global Community. This is our parent company's forum for futuristic science and technology discussions with other like-minded people around the globe. Sign up today to get started!AdvertisementAdvertisement