Gulf of Mexico Surface Fire Caused by Gas Leak, Lightning Strike

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A raging fire on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico near a Pemex offshore oil platform last Friday provoked a Twitter storm. But officials in Mexico say it wasn’t the environmental disaster it appeared to be.

On July 2, a video posted on social media from a nearby helicopter showed three ships trying to douse flames emerging from the sea. The shocking footage of the blaze — dubbed the “eye of fire”– sparked criticism internationally on social media, including from famed environmental activist Greta Thunberg and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

But Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Pemex executives were quick to point out that the fire wasn’t caused by an oil spill. A marine pipeline connecting to platforms that make up the Ku-Maloob-Zaap cluster of fields leaked gas. The conflagration was ignited by an electrical storm, according to the president.

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