Mexico’s Hondo River is turning into a blood red river after 4,000 gallons of crude oil have spilled in it.
This could become a major health and environmental problem as crude oil could reach a nearby lake.
This river flows along the boarder between Mexico and Belize. Now almost 1 mile of the river has turned blood red. The spill was triggered by thieves who drilled a tap into a gasoline pipeline on August 27, 2014.
Workers initially contained the deadly mess, but heavy rains caused containment ponds to overflow and spread the oil again. It’s actually a race against the weather. And it has to be won. The heavy rains could wash the oil all the way to a locals’ lake, known as the Laguna Maria Lizamaba.
This oil spill has already killed dozens of reptiles, birds and fish. The vegetation on the river sides has also suffered and has to be removed and replaced.
This stealing oil from pipeline phenomenon has increased over the years. And it has become an increasing environmental and safety problem in Mexico with its oil spills and environmental disasters. Officials in Belize are doing anti-propaganda in this video:
Hey guys, this blood red river and these oil spills are not only dangerous for the Mexican flora and fauna but also for you too! So stop this mess!