In the words of the Internet, it was ‘like a scene from a freakin movie’.
A portal of hellfire opened over the Gulf of Mexico last July 3, Saturday, due to a leak in an underwater gas pipe. The pipe in question is owned and controlled by Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), a state-owned oil company in Mexico.
The bubbling inferno occurred near a drilling platform in the Ku Maloob Zaap oil field, considered as Pemex’s flagship and most profitable territory. Overall, the area features 82 wells, 17 platforms, and produces around 700,000 barrels of oil per day.
The fire was eventually considered controlled after five hours, with no reported spills, injuries, or evacuations. An investigation is also underway to discover the root cause of the leak.
But while the incident was without any major catastrophe, the Internet couldn’t help but voice their shock, awe, and even condemnation of the world’s continued reliance on fossil fuels.
EITHER THERE’S AN UNDERWATER FIRE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO OR WE’VE FINALLY OPENED THE PORTAL TO HELL.
— INVESTMENT HULK (@INVESTMENTSHULK) July 2, 2021
They say there is a pipeline fire in the Gulf of Mexico.
Personally, I'd like to believe Cthulhu has awoken.
“In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.” pic.twitter.com/RaTbQnVv1G
— Thomas McVicar (@ThomasMcVicar1) July 2, 2021
I know this might sound controversial, but maybe extracting fossil fuels from the seafloor (or anywhere really) is a bad idea pic.twitter.com/J4ur5MNyt1
— Brian Kahn (@blkahn) July 2, 2021
Mordor? No, just the ocean on fire 🔥 in the Gulf of Mexico… an underwater oil pipeline ruptured. This oil platform normally produces 726,000 barrels of oil per day. #ClimateActionNow? pic.twitter.com/Pq0dIMHgz6
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) July 3, 2021
waiting for godzilla to pop out the Gulf of Mexico pic.twitter.com/8ipS3XOtge
— ً (@_akaCJ) July 3, 2021
— Misifú (@menganita79) July 2, 2021