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September 5, 2012

Mexican Oil Spill Responsible for Turtle Deaths

Mexican environmental authorities are demanding that state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) clean up a crude oil spill that occurred when a loading buoy sank nearly two weeks ago and polluted six beaches. The sinking of the buoy (used to load crude onto tankers in deep water) happened off the coast of the southern state of Oaxaca, near the Salina Cruz refinery in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. The spill went uncontained for 11 days along Pacific Coast beaches, impacting more than 12 miles of coastline.  The spill has so far resulted in the deaths of 24 sea turtles and tarred beaches that are revered by surfers worldwide for their wave quality.
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