Fuel thieves hit critical pipeline again

AMLO interprets attack as a message of defiance

Commuters line up to fill their fuel tanks at a gas station, some of which are limiting how much each client can purchase, in Mexico City on Monday. Photo: AP

Despite a heightened crackdown, fuel thieves have again damaged a critical pipeline that supplies the capital with fuel piped in from the Gulf coast, said
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

It’s a setback for drivers lining up to fill their tanks. The fuel supply had been starting to normalize after days of shortages.

This is also a setback for Lopez Obrador, who announced Monday that there had not been any new illegal taps in that pipeline since Friday. But today he said Pemex has had to repair the pipeline again.

The thieves’ intent was to hit back at his government’s campaign against the years-long fuel thefts, said AMLO.

The military plans to increase its presence along the length of that pipeline to about 850 and Lopez Obrador plans to travel the length of it next week to speak with local communities.

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