They report a large oil spill near the explosion zone of the Pemex platform

a was detected huge oil spill in the gulf of mexico near the site where a few days ago a deadly explosion occurred in a Petróleos Mexicanos natural gas platformaccording to the Mexican newspaper Reforma.

A scientist working with environmental groups including Greenpeace detected the leak on July 4, days before the explosion off the coast of Campeche in Mexico, Reforma said. The spill, which at the beginning of the month was about 400 square kilometers, may have grown to about two-thirds the size of Mexico Cityaccording to the report.

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A Pemex representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Although the spill may not be related to the explosion earlier this month, it is much larger than a typical rig leak, said Itziar Irakulis-Loitxate, lead researcher on a Polytechnic University of Valencia study that last year discovered two large methane leaks at a Pemex offshore platform.

Given that the spill started before the gas platform fire in early July, “I am inclined to think that these are two unfortunate incidents that have coincided on similar dates, but are not necessarily related,” he said in an interview. “But it is true that this particular leak is by far, much larger and It’s taking much longer than normal which is undoubtedly very worrying.”


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