Mexico Beach residents return home again – some to no home

10/18/2018 – The Chicago Tribune

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Jay Reeves 

With stunned faces and tears, residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach returned home for the first time Wednesday about a week after Hurricane Michael hit to find pieces of their lives scattered across the sand and a community altered.

Nancy Register sobbed uncontrollably after finding no trace of the large camper where she’d lived with her husband. She was particularly distraught over the loss of an old, black-and-white photo of her mother, who died of cancer.

Husband Taylor Register said he found nothing but a stool that he uses for cutting his hair, a hose and a keepsake rock that was given to him by a friend 40 years ago.

“That’s my belongings,” he said, pointing to a small pile beside his red pickup truck. Choking up, he said: “I appreciate God humbling me. Everybody needs it.”

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Tropical storm watches issued for Mexico’s Baja peninsula

10/10/2018 – The Washington Post

aerial-view-atmosphere-clouds-76969Authorities have issued a tropical storm watch for a stretch of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, where Tropical Storm Sergio is forecast to arrive later this week.

Sergio is expected to make landfall early Friday along a sparsely populated section of the peninsula that is home to a large nature reserve.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm threatens heavy rainfall in northwestern Mexico and then the U.S. Southern Plains and the Ozarks over the weekend.

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Talos says Mexico oil and gas regulator approves Zama appraisal plan

09/28/2018 -Reuters

s.PNGTalos Energy Inc’s appraisal plan for the Zama discovery was approved by the Mexican oil and gas regulator, the company said on Thursday.

The National Hydrocarbons Commission is reviewing the application for drilling permits, which are required to start drilling operations, Talos said.

The regulator approved a gross budget of $325 million for the appraisal plan, which includes about $75 million of contingent operations, the company said.

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Mexico Oil Auction Winners Stay Positive as Industry Slows Down

09/28/2018 – Bloomberg

architecture-clouds-drilling-rig-87236Mexico’s oil auction winners BHP Billiton Ltd and DEA Deutsche Erdoel AGare hopeful that the slowdown in bid rounds is a feature of the country’s political transition and won’t be permanent.

“We have expectations that things will pick up again and continue,” said DEA Deutsche chief executive officer Maria Moraeus Hanssen. The company expects to start wells in Mexico in one or two years and is in the process of seeking approval of its development plan for the onshore Ogarrio field that it operates in a joint-venture with Petroleos Mexicanos. It has also won rights to four exploration blocks in Mexico and is the operator of three of them.

 

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Pemex plans up to 100,000 barrels per day light crude imports, says CEO

09/27/2018 – Reuters 

PEX.PNGMexican state-run oil company Pemex expects to begin importing up to 100,000 barrels per day of light crude oil, likely from the United States, from late October and at least until the end of November, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

“A hundred thousand barrels (per day) more or less is what we’re going to import to process and incorporate into our refineries, mostly at Salina Cruz,” Pemex CEO Carlos Trevino said in an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of the Mexican Petroleum Congress in Acapulco.

The imports, planned to run through at least the end of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s tenure in office on Nov. 30, mark a stark shift for historically major crude exporter Mexico, where decades of oil self-sufficiency are a badge of pride.

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Hurricane forms off Mexico’s Baja Peninsula: NHC

09/26/2018 – Reuters 

aerial-view-atmosphere-clouds-76969Hurricane Rosa has formed in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 478 miles (770 km)) from the Baja California Peninsula, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory on Wednesday.

With maximum sustained winds increasing to nearly 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts, the Category 1 hurricane was moving west-northwest, with a turn to the northwest by Saturday morning, according to the Miami-based center.

Rosa is expected to generate swells affecting portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico and the southern Baja California Peninsula later this week and over the weekend, the center forecast, adding that the swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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State of Emergency in Mexico’s Sinaloa as 3 Dead in Flooding

09/21/2018 – The New York Times

6410755751_db67b52968_b.jpgMexican authorities have declared a state of emergency for 11 municipalities in the northern state of Sinaloa due to flooding from heavy rains that has killed at least three people.

Images in local and social media have shown streets turned into raging rivers, swamping cars. El Universal newspaper posted video of an SUV being carried away by the current in Guamuchil as passengers scrambled to get onto its roof.

Soldiers went around in trucks to pick up residents and take them to safety. The Sinaloa state government said Thursday night that more than 2,000 people had evacuated and 13 shelters were set up.

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