According to authorities, almost three weeks after gasoline shortages began affecting Guanajuato, 70% of gas stations in the state have no fuel. Gas station closures have been reported in most parts of the state including the cities of Guanajuato, León and Irapuato as well as rural municipalities.
Mauricio Usabiaga, Secretary for Sustainable Economic Development, said the shortages have affected at least 50% of Guanajuato’s economy. “The [economic] impact due to the lack of gasoline in Guanajuato has been severe, especially in cities like León and Irapuato, which represent more than 85% of the state’s wealth.”
“Now we’re trying to raise awareness of the situation with the federal government ... in order to receive support, we’re also looking for options such as attracting investment for a [new fuel] storage center ... Business people are looking for legal, economic and social certainty” Usabiaga added.
Paulo Bañuelos Rosales, a lawmaker for Guanajuato’s ruling National Action Party (PAN), said that if shortages persist, agriculture could be among the sectors that are hardest hit. The industry has already recorded losses of more than 200 million pesos (US $10.5 million), according to the state Agricultural Development Secretariat.
Bañuelos said that farmers in municipalities like Abasolo, Cuerámaro and Pueblo Nuevo are becoming increasingly angry about the situation and have threatened to protest.