The west coast has been facing extreme changes in temperature, as some areas have seen highs of 120-plus degrees, along with possibilities of a drought.
Now, recent video footage surfaced showing flames lit in the ocean after a gas pipeline ruptured on the Gulf of Mexico. Orange flames were seen in an eye-like shape, which many have taken to social media to call the “eye of fire.” The fire was sparked a short distance from the Pemex oil platform and was reportedly put under control by Pemex, a Mexico State oil company. The fire was put out by 10:45 am, and reports noted no one was injured and no one needed to be evacuated from the facilities. Pemex issued a statement on the fire, saying the gas leak occurred from an underwater pipeline around 5:15 am. As of now, Pemex is investigating the incident.
The ocean is on fire. Towns are being zapped out of existence by wildfires. Hundreds of people have died in a heat wave. Please stop letting ExxonMobil into the rooms where climate policy is written https://t.co/1RkNSTagUh https://t.co/cpzTd3h41R
— Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff) July 2, 2021