Mexico’s state power company admits it falsified document

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s state-owned electrical power company acknowledged on Tuesday it presented a falsified brush fire report to explain a widespread blackout in December.

The Federal Electricity Commission has been criticised for being antiquated and polluting, and it has hotly denied the outage was the result of incompetence. Instead, it said, the fire caused a kind of huge short-circuit that spread.

The December 28 problem in the state-owned power company’s transmission lines caused a two-hour blackout that affected one-fourth of the country’s customers.

The company published a supposed report of a brush fire in an area beneath power pylons that it claimed caused the blackout. But the northern state of Tamaulipas maintained that the document, purportedly issued by a state civil defence office, was forged.

On Tuesday, the utility’s director of transmission Noe Peña Silva said the case against the employees who submitted the purportedly falsified document had been referred to the commission’s internal affairs office.

“The reactions around this falsified document should be investigated,” the commission’s Director, Manuel Bartlett, said. “Of course people will bear responsibilities for circulating this falsified document.”

“But on the other hand, this situation is being used to distract attention from what is really important, the correct functioning of the nation’s electrical system,” he said.