Gas Distributors Blame Shortages On CommissionersBy Antonio Trujillo | Tue, 10/19/2021 - 10:42
Mexico City´s LP gas distributors have accused commissioners of blocking their daily activities through violence and threats, preventing them from working and delivering this basic good.
Gas distributors have warned that the supply of the energy good has “collapsed”. They have also accused strikers of preventing replenishments of carburation centers, kidnapping pipes, beating up drivers, and withholding traffic in the routes to stop the hydrocarbon distribution.
“The issue now is shortages, we cannot go out to supply houses, businesses and buildings because they will not let us," said Camilo Pineda, an agent for a carburation center located in the municipality of Ecatepec, State of Mexico. Pineda, alongside other agents at distribution centers, have called the authorities, both local and federal, to keep their word on promises they have made about the safety of the guild. “They promised us that the National Guard (GN) would monitor the delivery routes and monitor gas station facilities, but there has been no such thing, the officers only patrol.”
Witnesses and users have reported shortages including important boroughs such as Iztapalapa, Gustavo A. Madero, Tlalpan, and Venustiano Carranza. They said at least 10 different pipes were stopped on their way, and its drivers had been attacked. Some have started to question whether legal action against the commissioners will be an option
“What they do is that they hijack the pipes that should supply all the gas to the sales centers, they intercept them, take the driver down, take the keys and leave the pipe there, this is a real danger for everyone, I think that what they are looking for is a disaster,” said Arturo Rincón, a veteran pipe driver, who has already been hijacked. An estimated 200,000 users have been affected by the shortages due to the strike.
Mexico City’s Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said her government is “aware and attentive to the strike,” noting that SEDENA´s members and the National Guard are dealing with these issues in the State of Mexico and Mexico City as well.