Mexican Oil and Gas Boom Could be Stopped – by Drug Cartels

Mexican Drug Cartels

The big fossil fuel companies who have been destroying American states like Texas, West Virginia, Michigan, and other pizza-loving areas have set their sites on Mexico’s plentiful mineral reserves, which have been under the control of the Mexican government for generations. Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, is helping these oil companies to cash in by loosening his country’s already lax regulations and border controls to quickly move labor and special equipment back and forth across the border when needed- but Peña and the oil companies have another problem: the cartels.

Hilariously, the Zeta and the Gulf Cartel territories – two notoriously violent groups – overlap huge swaths of Mexico’s shale patches, and their reputations for kidnapping, extorting, and beheading American businessmen hoping to cash in on Mexican oil has made US drillers, who can usually hide behind the US military in hyper-violent areas, wary of venturing into the shale-rich Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Nuevo Leon. Perhaps more hilariously (or, depressing, depending on how you look at it), many of the cartel leaders are reported to actually give a more of a damn about the territories and people under their care than the Mexican government, which poses yet another problem for the “drill baby, drill” idiots.

You can read more about the upcoming Mexican oil and gas boom in this excellent article from the DeSmog Blog, below, and stay tuned – hopefully! – for news of the Zetas dropping a minivan full of headless oil execs off at the Nogales border a few weeks after that (and, yes, I do believe the US will send in the military if there’s enough oil to make the move profitable).


“No Turning Back:” Mexico’s Looming Fracking and Offshore Oil and Gas Bonanza (via Desmogblog)

Mon, 2014-05-12 10:21Ben Jervey and Steve Horn After generations of state control, Mexico’s vast oil and gas reserves will soon open for business to the international market. In December 2013, Mexico’s Congress voted to break up the longstanding…

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