President Enrique Peña Nieto’s plan to open up the state-run energy giant Pemex to foreign investment has many in the coastal southern town of Ciudad del Carmen worried that their bleak situation will only get worse.
Aug. 9, 2013 Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico’s most important oil town, is on an island off the gulf coast of the Mexican state of Campeche. It boomed after a fisherman discovered the Cantarell oil field off the coast. The city now has 220,000 people, with a transient population of about 30,000 who come from all over to work in the oil business. Mauricio Palos/For The Washington Post Buy Photo