By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
Six Mexican governors from the states most direly affected by gasoline shortages — and which, coincidentally, are also from parties other than President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s left-leaning National Regeneration Movement (Morena) – met with Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) Octavio Romero Oropeza, Energy Secretary Rocío Nahle García and Public Safety Secretary Alfonso Durazo Montaño on Wednesday, Jan. 16, to express their support for the president’s ongoing war against fuel piracy, while at the same time imploring him to reopen gasoline pipelines to their states.
The governors — Alfredo del Mazo Maza from the State of Mexico (EdoMéx), Omar Fayad Meneses from Hidalgo, Francisco Domínguez Servién from Querétaro, Enrique Alfaro Ramírez from Jalisco, Silvano Aureoles Conejo from Michoacán and Diego Sinhué Rodríguez Vallejo from Michoacán – stressed that, while it is important to halt the massive theft of gasoline and other fuels that reached a peak during the final years of the previous administration, the ongoing shortages are hampering their economies.
“We understand the need to develop a new means of gasoline distribution nationwide, and we support that effort unconditionally,” said Alfaro Ramírez, who is a member of the centralist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), but we also believe that there is a need to reopen the Salamanca-Guadalajara pipeline to normalize distribution. If this is not done, I believe it will be practically impossible to stabilize gasoline distribution.”
Governor Rodríguez Vallejo, who is from the conservative National Action Party (PAN), pointed out that, in his state, which is heavily dependent on manufacturing, particularly automotive manufacturing, and in which the shortage has already drug out for nearly two weeks, of a total of 600 stations, only 16 are in operation.
Meanwhile, AMLO announced on Thursday, Jan. 17, during his daily morning press conference that he will continue his battle against gasoline thefts.