Fuel thieves hit critical Mexican pipeline again

Fuel thieves hit critical Mexican pipeline again
Commuters line up to fill their fuel tanks at a gas station, some of which are limiting how much each client can purchase, in Mexico City, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has vowed to get the upper hand on fuel thieves and is trying to choke off their supply by taking several major pipelines off line. However, tanker trucks used to deliver the fuel couldn’t distribute fuel at the same levels as the pipelines, triggering shortages and panic buying. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says fuel thieves have again damaged a critical pipeline that supplies the capital with fuel piped in from the Gulf coast.

Lopez Obrador says that the thieves’ intent was to hit back at his government’s campaign against theft of fuel.

One day earlier, Lopez Obrador announced that there had not been any new illegal taps in that pipeline since Friday. But on Tuesday he said the state petroleum company Pemex has had to repair the pipeline again.

The military plans to increase its presence along the length of that pipeline to about 850 and Lopez Obrador plans to travel the length of it next week to speak with local communities.

The fuel supply had been starting to normalize after days of shortages.