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Tapped-out pipelines cause gas shortage in Mexico

Tapped-out pipelines cause gas shortage in Mexico

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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...