>> Fuel thieves in Mexico are undeterred, returning to the same punctured gas pipeline that exploded earlier this month killing over 100 people and badly burning dozens more. Reuters correspondent, David Alire Garcia found evidence of another pipeline tap close to the site of the explosion.>> And you can where the hole was dug.
Right here is a Pemex pipeline underneath us and you can see the tubes that are used to suck out the gasoline once the pipeline's been tapped. But it's one sign that this problems just keeps going and keeps going.>> New taps opened up since the blast point to the monumental struggle Andrés Manuel López Obrador faces in his quest to shut down an illegal fuel distribution network.
One that siphons off some $3 billion worth of fuel annually from state oil firm Pemex. The plan which involves shutting off pipelines that gangs have targeted led to widespread gasoline shortages in Central Mexico this month. Desperation for fuel also brought hundreds of locals with canisters running towards a gasoline geyser before the fatal explosion.
Illegal taps of pipelines have turned surrounding Hidalgo State into the country's fuel theft hotspot. There was over 2,000 illegal taps last year, or nearly six each day, according to government data, that's a record number.