Mexico's Lopez Obrador pledges investment in area affected by fuel theft

23 January 2019

As the number of people who died in a gasoline pipeline explosion in central Mexico late last week rose to 96, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador presented a plan on Tuesday to invest in communities most affected by fuel theft in order to avoid further tragedies. While visiting the town of Acambay, Lopez Obrador offered pensions, job creation for youngsters and economic aid for farmers in the town.

Lopez Obrador said new opportunities for poor communities would help to put an end to fuel theft. Central Mexico had been hard-hit by gasoline shortages since Lopez Obrador launched a crackdown on fuel theft nearly a month ago, ordering pipelines closed in an effort to stamp out criminal activity.