Mexico Brings First Case Against BP for Ongoing Spill Damage


A dead 'Oyster Catcher' coated with heavy dark crude oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill, July 2010. (photo: EFE)
A dead ‘Oyster Catcher’ coated with heavy dark crude oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill, July 2010. (photo: EFE)

 

teleSUR | Reader Supported News | December 14, 2015

The spill, which initially did not hit the Mexican coast, has now severely affected six states.

 

exico will try BP in its own courts for the first time for reparations for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which has only been prosecuted in U.S. courts. The oil company already agreed to a US$20.8 billion settlement, the biggest in U.S. history, and promised to pay US$43.8 billion in penalties for cleanup costs.

In May, 25,000 Mexican fisherman filed a lawsuit against BP, but they turned to U.S. courts. Their appeal was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court early this month on the grounds that the damage was on Mexican territory. This time, the class action suit is coming to Mexico. The group filing the case, Acciones Colectivas de Sinaloa, specializes in environmental cases and “seeks to strike a balance between suppliers and consumers, since the latter often find themselves at a disadvantage and disorganized,” according to its website.

“The federal prosecutors could have and should have brought this case,” Luis Manuel Pérez de Acha, a lawyer with the group, told the Guardian. “We are only bringing it because they didn’t. Perhaps they don’t have confidence in class actions because we are still in the process of constructing case law in this area.”

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