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21 dead, 71 burned in fire at illegal tap on Mexico pipeline

21 dead, 71 burned in fire at illegal tap on Mexico pipeline

World
A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 21 people and badly burning 71 others as locals were collecting the spilling gasoline in buckets and garbage cans, officials said. The leak was caused by an illegal tap that fuel thieves had drilled into the pipeline in a small town in the state of Hidalgo, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) north of Mexico City, according to state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. Video footage showed dozens of residents near the town of Tlahuelilpan gathered to collect spilled fuel in buckets, garbage cans and other vessels. It appeared an almost festive atmosphere as whole families gathered in a field as a geyser of fuel spouted dozens of feet into the air from the tap. Footage then showed flames shooti...
Citizen scientists, radar systems count 2B birds migrating across the Gulf of Mexico

Citizen scientists, radar systems count 2B birds migrating across the Gulf of Mexico

Science
Jan. 9 (UPI) -- According to a new study that combined the observations of citizen scientists and weather radar stations, some 2 billion birds cross the Gulf of Mexico during the spring migration season. "We looked at data from thousands of eBird observers and 11 weather radar stations along the Gulf Coast from 1995 to 2015," Kyle Horton, a postdoctoral fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, said in a news release. "We calculated that an average of 2.1 billion birds crosses the entire length the Gulf Coast each spring as they head north to their breeding grounds. Until now, we could only guess at the overall numbers from surveys done along small portions of the shoreline." Observations of birds by citizen scientists, documented on the Cornell Lab-managed app eBird, helped scientists ca...
Tapped-out pipelines cause gas shortage in Mexico

Tapped-out pipelines cause gas shortage in Mexico

World
Motorists lined up for a fourth straight day at gas stations in western Mexico Tuesday as the government continued to restrict pipeline deliveries to combat illegal fuel taps. With pipelines riddled with illegal taps drilled by fuel thieves, the administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has switched to shipping fuel by tanker truck in a few western and central states. But there aren't enough trucks for the task. Lopez Obrador said fuel theft gangs have grown so bold — and have so many connections inside refineries — that they've been stealing gasoline and diesel directly from plants. Lopez Obrador said soldiers dispatched to guard depots and refineries found a 2-mile (3 kilometer) long hose leading from one refinery to a tank outside. Authorities said Monday tha...
Trump threatens 'entire' closure of US border with Mexico

Trump threatens 'entire' closure of US border with Mexico

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President Trump says he will close the US border with Mexico "entirely" if the "obstructionist Democrats" continue to oppose funding for the wall he wants to build between the two countries. In a series of angry tweets, he also criticised the "ridiculous immigration laws that our country is saddled with" and wrote that "Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are doing nothing for the United States but taking our money".In addition, he floated the idea of withdrawing from NAFTA, an agreement which led to free trade between the US, Canada and Mexico."Bring our car industry back into the United States where it belongs," he said."Go back to pre-NAFTA, before so many of our companies and jobs were so foolishly sent to Mexico. Either we build (finish) the wall or we close the border...