At least it’s not another mass grave

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:

Pemex Abka

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?

“We’re constitutionally obliged to generate one fatal explosion per year.”

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