Due to ammonia leak in Oaxaca, affected take Pemex offices and retain cars

Matias Romero, Oax.- Affected by ammonia leak in Donají, Oaxacamunicipal agency of Matías in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, maintain a blocking at the facilities of the re-pumping plant of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) located in that same community.

This blockade caused the retention of various cars of the Mexican company, which will be released until there is a dialogue table.

“We are not going to move from this place until Pemex sits down to talk, it is urgent that it resolve us. He doesn’t support us, last time they brought us two boxes of instant soups; It’s a mockery,” denounced affected residents.

The inhabitants of Donají were evicted for the second time in less than a week due to the intense smell of this gas, due to the fact that it rained on Thursday night and caused the phenomenon called “ammoniacal water”which activates the smell of this gas.

“It is not possible for Pemex to just say that the leak has stopped, and ignore us; We can’t be in our homes, we left everything abandoned and we haven’t worked either,” they said.

Since last Friday, December 9, the inhabitants reported an ammonia leak, which Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) personnel attended after several days.

“It’s an intense, unbearable smell, we can’t be at home, we had to go out and ask for help and once again we’re going to take refuge in Palomares,” said Teófilo Martínez, 56 years old.

Teófilo and his family left their belongings, and although they did not want to, they had no other option. “My throat itched and that’s how we’ve been. The gas is in the air, and that damages”.

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Others affected pointed out that although Pemex announced that the leak had already been overcome, in reality the emergency continues in the communities, mainly Donají, but also in other towns such as Tolosita and Juno.

Carlos Beas Torres, leader of the Union of Indigenous Communities of the North Zone of the Isthmus (Ucizoni), considered it regrettable that Pemex continues not to accept its responsibilities, despite the fact that four leaks and spills in less than 30 days.

In this area of ​​Oaxaca, called the humid zone or north of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, pipelines not only for ammonia, but also for gasoline, crude oil and isobutane cross, it is also intended to increase with the arrival of the Interoceanic Corridor of the Isthmus, where the communities They have resisted by preventing this megaproject because they are trying to build a gas pipeline with US capital.


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