A recent spill of a toxic oil pipeline near the Texas-Mexico border has left dozens of people dead and exposed the deep tensions between U.A.E. and Mexican officials over how to handle the spill.
The pipeline ruptured on Monday, spilling an estimated 2,000 barrels of crude into a creek that flows under a U.R. 10 gas storage facility in the town of Nuevo Laredo.
The spill, which happened on a Sunday, has been linked to a failure of a compressor at the facility, which has been shut down since September, and the failure of an emergency response team that was supposed to be dispatched to help with the cleanup.
The explosion and firestorm that followed have left thousands of homes without electricity and forced thousands of people from their homes.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday ordered a federal investigation into the incident and said that “a large portion of the pipeline was not safe to use.”
But U.B.J. president Enrique Pena Nieto, who heads the conservative party in the Mexican Senate, on Wednesday called on Peña to take steps to help resolve the situation.
“I hope that the President will take immediate steps to assure that no one is harmed and that the emergency response will be conducted according to rules and procedures that are in line with the rules of international law,” Pena said.
The rupture was discovered late Monday, shortly after the spill, when an official working for a company owned by the company that owns the pipeline reported the problem to the Mexican government.
The rupture took place about 50 miles (80 kilometers) away from Nueva Lareda, the capital of Nacogdoches, which is the capital city of Texas, and about 1,000 miles (1,900 kilometers) from the U.P. border with Mexico.