Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's race to build an oil refinery in record time on land that until recently was still alive with mangrove, wild cats and boa constrictors, has been in trouble, making his efforts difficult for the ailing state oil company Pemex new to breathe life.
Even before Lopez Obrador took office last December, the protected forests began cutting back on the Pemex site on the coast of the state of Tabasco to make way for the new refinery next to the Dos Bocas harbor.
But the satellite photo's made in November and obtained from Conabio show that a wide strip of mangrove has been cut down over the site, leaving a smaller perimeter of the forest.
By the time Lopez Obrador came to Dos Bocas to announce the new refinery in December, muddy ground and heavy duty machines had replaced the thick tree structure of the site.
After the land was released, four endangered or protected species were saved, including a kind of porcupine, a boa constrictor and a rare iguana. Reuters could not determine the fate of the other animals that the agency discovered on the site.