A “flaming portal to hell” caused by a gas leak on the Gulf of Mexico went viral this weekend, Amazon ramps up its housing pledge, and more
Welcome back to another news roundup, this time rolling in after a long holiday weekend for the 4th of July. Unfortunately, while many of us met with friends and family, or at the very least enjoyed a stretch of nice weather, the news kept on rolling in and not all of it was good.
Here’s what you need to know today:
The Gulf of Mexico caught fire after a gas pipeline leak
Images of what outlets have been calling “a portal to hell” (or Mordor) opening on top of the Gulf of Mexico took the internet by storm this weekend, as a leaking gas pipeline caught fire in the middle of the gulf. The pipeline, owned by Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned oil company), leaked for more than 5 hours next to the Ku Maloob Zaap oil field and footage of boats spraying the blaze with water eventually went viral. Although the leak was sealed and the fire put out, the “ocean caught fire” memes are still coming fast and furious as commentators pointed out that the flaming gyre was a perfect metaphor for the climate catastrophe we find ourselves in.
H/t to Reuters
The remains of the toppled Surfside condo tower were pulled down this weekend
With Hurricane Elsa bearing down on the Eastern Coast of the United States, the remains of the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, Florida, Champlain Towers were taken down via controlled implosion on Sunday evening. Search and rescue efforts were paused at the site last week over fears the remains of the 12-story structure could still fall. The demolition has opened up more of the rubble to search teams, and the official death toll has risen to 32, with over 100 people still reported as missing. Efforts have thus far also been hampered by the heavy winds and rains that have battered the area since the June 24 collapse.
H/t to the New York Times
The AEC industry stands to receive $126 billion under Biden’s new infrastructure plan
The $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework bill proposed by the Biden administration is still slowly gathering support and likely faces an uphill battle in the Senate later this summer, but if passed, it could mean a windfall for the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. A new study from the American Council of Engineering Companies estimates that $126 billion could flow to the AEC sector over the next six years if the bill is passed as-is, adding 82,000 new jobs and boosting wages by $62 billion overall.
H/t to Construction Dive
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