A raging fire on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico near a Pemex offshore oil platform last Friday provoked a Twitter storm. But officials in Mexico say it wasn’t the environmental disaster it appeared to be.
On July 2, a video posted on social media from a nearby helicopter showed three ships trying to douse flames emerging from the sea. The shocking footage of the blaze -- dubbed the “eye of fire”-- sparked criticism internationally on social media, including from famed environmental activist Greta Thunberg and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.