Mexican fuel shortage extends to the second week

Mexican fuel shortage extends to the second week

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urges the country to remain patient if the shortages of petrol extend until the second week, while fighting to prevent fuel theft of pipelines.

Lines with cars at petrol stations in Mexico extend over blocks, with some drivers appearing long before trucks arrive with fuel. In the state of Mexico on Saturday, residents rushed to a leaky pipeline to fill plastic containers with fuel.

In a speech about consumer frustrations, Lopez Obrador said Sunday: "There are annoyances, because it is natural." He urged the Mexicans to "act honestly" because he condemned Saturday afternoon to fill buckets at the pierced pipeline.

The government has called on the army to secure 1,600 kilometers (994 miles) of pipelines in an attempt to combat the theft.

Vehicles line up to refill their fuel tanks at a gas station in Mexico City, Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Fuel scarcity arose after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador decided to close government pipelines that were littered with illegal fuel cranes drilled by thieves, and deliver gas and diesel instead with tankers. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)

Vehicles line up to refill their fuel tanks at a gas station in Mexico City, Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Fuel scarcity arose after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador decided to close government pipelines that were littered with illegal fuel cranes drilled by thieves, and deliver gas and diesel instead with tankers. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)

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