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Mexican fishermen clean beaches after oil spill

Saturday - November 11, 2017 10:24 am , Category : SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Mexico City Nov 11 (IANS) Fishermen on Mexico s southern Pacific coast were cleaning up beaches in the wake of an October 9 oil spill whose potential environmental impact remained unclear.



The spill was due to an "act of vandalism" against a pipeline at the maritime terminal in Salina Cruz Oaxaca state according to state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex).

Last month s spill followed one caused by the magnitude-8.2 earthquake that struck southern Mexico on September 7.

"We have never seen so much oil in the sea " Raul Gallegos president of the Costa del Marques Saltmakers Production Cooperative told Efe news on Friday.

The spill which Gallegos said was roughly 6 km long and 2 km wide posed a threat to the livelihoods of the fishermen of Salinas del Marques as well as the town s tourism sector.

Salt production may also be at risk if the seawater that is the cooperative s raw material remains contaminated.

To deal with the spill and make up for residents lost income Pemex and the municipal government created temporary jobs cleaning up the beaches.

Working from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. the cleaners use shovels to gather up globs of oil that are then placed in sacks.

At the moment Gallegos said most of the oil is at a layer 30 cm under the surface of the sand but the traditionally rougher seas of December will leave those patches exposed.

--IANS
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