By Saturday evening the death toll from Friday’s blaze had risen to 73, with another 74 people injured and dozens more were missing. The crackdown has led to widespread fuel shortages at gas stations throughout the country as Pemex deviates distribution, both licit and illicit. His administration also shut down pipelines to detect and deter illegal taps, relying more on delivering fuel by tanker truck. A second pipeline burst into flames Friday in the neighbouring state of Queretaro as a result of another illegal tap. In December 2010, authorities also blamed thieves for a pipeline explosion in a central Mexico near the capital that killed 28 people, including 13 children.
Source: National Post January 20, 2019 05:03 UTC