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It is the latest in a string of fatal accidents at Pemex facilities. In February a worker was killed in a fire at the same chemical plant and two workers were killed in a fire aboard a Gulf of Mexico oil platform. - See more at: www.bicmagazine.com...
Wednesday's explosion at the Petroquimica Mexicana de Vinilo facility in the southern state of Veracruz sent large plumes of dark smoke and toxic fumes across the region.
Javier Duarte, governor of the state of Veracruz, told CNN affiliate Televisa that the blast was felt about 10 kilometers (six miles) away. Emergency protocols were put in place, with surrounding municipalities evacuated and schools closed in others, officials said.
"We know there was a leak, what we don't know is why, but everything points to an accident," Mr Gonzalez Anaya said.
He shared an updated death toll at a press conference late on Thursday, adding that remediation of the site could take up to a year.
He denied the blast was tied to the economic problems of Pemex, which is trying to stem sliding output and slash costs as it faces the pressure of low crude prices.
originally posted by: ClownFish
I agree with both of you, but I was just thinking that another motive is that by going to another country, it makes it difficult to sue when one's life is ruined, if there is any life left.
originally posted by: quercusrex
originally posted by: olaru12
Expect a knee jerk spike in gas prices at the pump.
No, because this plant produced chloroethene not gasoline. But I expect the cost of plastic pipe will rise.
One of the main reasons for offshoring/outsourcing is to move where there are little to no regulations (cheap labor, no environmental standards, no taxes, no inspections, etc.).
originally posted by: crayzeed
Well, according to the polution coming from those fires in the picture it's knackered all my efforts to recycle for the next 100 years. Where's Mr Gore when you need him.
Or is this polution good polution because it's made by a large company.
My sincere appologies for all who have suffered from the accident.
originally posted by: bandersnatch
Is the CIA or some other black bag outfit going around sabotaging competitors oil production?