Mexican Drug Cartels Cripple Pemex Oil Operations

Monday, September 6, 2010

In the failed state of Mexico, the meandering network of pipes, wells and tankers belonging to the enormous state-owned oil company Pemex have long been an easy target of crooks and drug traffickers who siphon off natural gas, gasoline and crude, robbing the Mexican treasury of hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

Now the murderous drug cartels have taken sabotage to a new level: hobbling key operations in parts of the Burgos Basin, home to the country’s biggest natural gas fields.

Forced to defer production and curtail drilling and maintenance in a region that spreads through some of Mexico’s most dangerous badlands, the world’s seventh-largest oil producer has become another casualty of the drug war.

In May, gunmen wearing camouflage and tennis shoes kidnapped five Pemex workers as they rode to the front gate of the Gigante No. 1 natural gas plant in the Burgos Basin. One man was a mechanic, another specialized in pumps. All were dressed in their crisp khaki uniforms with the Pemex logo, ready for long shifts. They have not been heard from since.

Before the kidnappings, convoys of mysterious gunmen started plying the roadways, followed by shows of force, intimidation, beatings and, finally, the abductions. Pleas for help and better protection, union leaders and workers say, went unheeded. The exact motives behind the May kidnappings remain unclear.

Now, Pemex, Mexico’s largest income earner, pulling in nearly a third of the national budget, sits idly by and watches its operations crippled by violent drug cartel activity in the Burgos Basin — an area stretching across the northern border state of Tamaulipas.

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6 Responses to Mexican Drug Cartels Cripple Pemex Oil Operations

  1. Big Hank says:

    But Silly Obama thinks U.S. national security rests in Afghanistan and Iraq?

    He’s as wrong as was George W. Bush. The worsening drug cartel violence along our border with Mexico is already spilling into the U.S. but our troops are 11,000 miles away on the other side of the world.

  2. lea-lea says:

    The government of Mexico was corrupt as long as I can remember and now Calderon is trying to reverse a process that started as least 50 years ago.

    I doubt the military can stop the cartels. Maybe the time gas come to ask for help from the USA?

  3. Jim says:

    Hello Obama and U.S. lawmakers! Perhaps we should be waging battles in Mexico and not Afghanistan?

  4. Estacada says:

    It’s a shame the government of Mexico can’t pushback against these thugs.

    The decline of Mexico is of the stuff of legend. I hope Mexico’s destruction doesn’t suck the USA down the drain with it when it goes.

    Time will tell.

  5. TOM339 says:

    If there was ever a time when Mexico should ask for the USA to send military help to help stamp out the drug cartels overrunning Mexico it is now.

    Calderon should go to the UN’s General Assembly to make his case, then travel to the White House to ask Obama for help.

    Mexico is one of our most important trading partners and we share a 2,000 mile border. Crime is leaking from drug cartel hotspots into American border towns. This is a demonstrated fact but where does Obama have 200,000 US troops? In Iraq and Afghanistan, respectively. It boggles the mind.

  6. Massagatto says:

    If there is one good thing about the growing drug cartel activity is it will squash any globalist hopes for a North American Union combining Canada, the USA and Mexico.

    We will remain a sovereign nation.

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