Mexico: Deadly blaze erupts at illegal fuel pipeline
19 January 2019 | 10:38 pm
Some 200 people were at the scene of a pipeline blast that left at least 21 dead. Dozens of Mexican states have experienced fuel shortages since President Lopez Obrador shut down pipelines to curb fuel theft.
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For many the water hyacinth is a menace - an invasive plant that harms aquatic life and helps bacteria and mosquitos flourish. But Kenyan entrepreneur Dominic Kahumbu is pioneering a machine that turns the weed into clean cooking fuel.
Hundreds of union members in Quito, Ecuador, hit the streets to protest against an increase in fuel prices.
The move has heaped more misery on consumers, amid a deep economic crisis that has seen the Lebanese pound lose 90% of its value.
A lack of truck drivers has led to delivery bottlenecks and fuel rationing across the UK. Industry associations estimate Britain needs 100,000 more drivers to meet demand.
Officials said the move would make it easier for companies to share information and prioritise parts of the country most at need. It follows days of long queues at the pumps, after fears of disruption to the fuel supply sparked panic buying. But a minister said there were no plans to bring in the Army to drive tankers. The government has been considering using the Army, but Environment Secretary George Eustice said the shortage of drivers was "not a huge problem".
An unprecedented international law enforcement operation involving eight countries has resulted in 23 arrests and the seizure of 2.6 tons of cocaine.
The disruption is one of the many repercussions the UK is currently facing due to a post-Brexit shortage of truck drivers. The government insists there is no fuel shortage.
The government has urged Britons to "go about their business in the normal way" and resume typical buying habits. The Transport Secretary said that means motorists should stop filling up old water bottles with fuel.
As gas stations across the UK ran dry after panic-buying, many claimed it was a consequence of Brexit and the exodus of EU truck drivers. This clearly didn't help, but the UK's problem of recruiting drivers goes deeper.
Petrol station customers tell their story as they queue for fuel in London. "We have to drive our children to school", says one, "the government should have anticipated a human response", says another. A lack of tanker drivers has triggered panic-buying at petrol stations, forcing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to call in the armed forces from Monday to deliver stocks.
An oil spill in Southern California closed beaches and led authorities to cancel the last day of the Pacific Air Show. At least 126,000 gallons (98,420 liters) of oil spilled off the coast of Orange County.
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