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Did Pemex ask SEDENA to return the “ZIBAR” vehicles? – The Sun of Mexico

Francisco Javier Acuna Llamas

INAI Commissioner

At the beginning of the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, during January 2019, the “huachicol” crisis broke out. A parastatal pipeline was blown to pieces while the residents of Tlahuelilpan Hidalgo clandestinely extracted fuel; The explosion in Hidalgo territory caused 137 deaths and exposed the “modus operandi” with which it was practiced (the worst thing is that it persists), the theft of hydrocarbons in the open, which has been known -since then- as the “huachicol” .

During the first days of January 2019, the supply of gasoline collapsed, in the midst of this context, from the National Palace, a delegation of high-ranking government officials was instructed to go to the United States of America to buy hundreds of pipes to the urgent operation of distributing the gasoline by land, which, due to the inoperability of the pipelines damaged by the explosions, was impossible. Unfortunately, regardless of government efforts, the numbers of hydrocarbon theft continue and increase, some reports announce that from 2021 to date, the number of barrels stolen per day has increased by 50%, at the end of 2021, the President López Obrador himself assured that PEMEX had been robbed of 1,400,000 one million four hundred thousand barrels during the past year.

The problem is old, in 2014 the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto ordered PEMEX to acquire a progressive number of “ZIBAR” vehicles (all-purpose land vehicles) for the constant surveillance of the strategic facilities of the state-owned company, which cross countless crossing points, crossing areas with different land uses.

What does not find justification is the response that someone received after requesting from PEMEX the official letters from the parastatal company addressed to SEDENA in which they dealt with matters related to the demand for the return of the “ZIBAR” vehicles, to which they simply replied that this information was non-existent.

Without the slightest explanation, PEMEX denied the existence of the procedure referred to, the worst thing is that when the applicant dissatisfied and triggered his appeal for review before the INAI, the agency maintained what was said and assured us that it did not exist. That is when it is time to get to the truth by acting as detectives and soon we locate precedents that give certainty, of course there was such a claim for the return of all the “ZIBAR”. On January 1, 2019, the agencies had agreed to strengthen the joint surveillance of oil facilities and in 2021 they terminated this type of cooperation in advance and, not recently, SEDENA itself, unlike PEMEX, gave an applicant the official of merit confirming the veracity of such a situation.

It is worrying that PEMEX would have pretexted denying the information invoking the non-existence of the much-cited procedure, it seems more surprising that SEDENA would have responded better to that information claim.

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