On 1st April a fire broke out on a platform belonging to Pemex, the Mexican national oil company, killing at least 4 people and injuring 16 others. The fire is out, and now Pemex has released the picture below showing the extent of the damage:
That an oil company which can, in all seriousness, release a photo like that should have suffered a fatal explosion on one of its platforms doesn’t come as much of a surprise. There are clearer pictures of Nessie, FFS. Then again, this is an outfit that managed to kill 37 of its employees in a previous gas explosion: not on a production facility, not on a refinery, but in its bleedin’ head office!
Naturally, attempts to reform Pemex by opening it up to private investment have been met with stiff opposition, with a former Mexican president calling it “the theft of the century”. After all, what’s a few dead employees every couple of years to keep Mexican politicians fat and the Yanquis out?