Fishermen Clean Oaxaca’s Beaches After Oil Spill
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November 11, 2017

Fishermen clean up a beach in the wake of an Oct. 9 oil spill, in Salinas del Marques, Oaxaca state, Mexico (EPA-EFE/Luis Villalobos)

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.

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