The death toll from an oil pipeline explosion last Friday near the town of Tlahuelilpan, Mexico has reached 96, according to government figures. Video from before the explosion shows hundreds of residents collecting spilled fuel from what the gas company Pemex called “the manipulation of an illegal tap.” Dozens more people have been hospitalized. Back in December 2010, a similar tragedy from illegal tapping killed 28 people including 13 children in San Martín Texmelucan. To discuss last week’s events, and what many are calling in Mexico an “illegal tapping” epidemic is Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Program for the Center for International Policy based in Mexico City. She hosts the online television program “Interviews from Mexico.”
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