BP could be confronted with another substantial compensation bill from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as Mexico will try the company in its own federal courts, marking the first time that BP has been prosecuted in a court outside the U.S.
The oil rig exploded on the night of April 20, 2010 after a gas leak, killing 11 crew members and injuring 17 others. Around 5 million barrels of oil seeped into the Gulf of Mexico over the following 87 days, causing severe environmental damage.
Class action lawsuits are rare in Mexico, having only been introduced in 2010, according to TeleSUR. The collective responsible for filing the case, Acciones Colectivas de Sinaloa, is a non-governmental organization specializing in environmental action. It launched the case against four BP subsidiaries-two headquartered in Texas, two in Mexico- at a federal court in Mexico City on Monday.
“BP has accepted that it is responsible and is paying for the damage in the U.S.,” Luis Manuel Pérez de Acha, a lawyer representing the case, told The Guardian. “The damage is ongoing here.”
The new lawsuit is petitioning the Mexican federal prosecutor’s Office for the Protection of the Environment to present its previously unreleased studies of the extensive environmental damages, TeleSUR reported. Experts would also be called as witnesses to determine the extent of the impact on Mexican territory.
BP paid the largest environmental fine in U.S. history in recognition of the extensive damage caused by the spill, including destruction of marine life and harm to hundreds of surrounding communities, which included a $20.8 billion settlement with $43.8 billion in penalties for cleanup costs.
The Mexican case should conclude by the end of 2016, according to lawyers.
more recommended stories
FAKE CANCUN VIDEO CIRCULATES THE WEB!
Since the 19th of March a.
Tourists welcomed the spring at Dzibichaltún
Hundreds of domestic and foreign tourists.
381,000 anti-rabies vaccines will be applied to dogs and cats in Yucatan
From March 24 to 30, the.
Vila and AMLO, united to promote the development of Yucatán
Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal and President.
Another foreigner accused of ‘appropriating’ a beach
A foreigner prevented people from bathing.
New Age Mystics, selfie-seekers celebrate Spring Equinox at archaeological sites around Mexico
Thousands of people dressed in white.
ICE sets record for arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal record
Federal immigration agents under President Donald.
Governor showcases economic panorama of Yucatan to ambassadors
The competitive advantages of the State,.
Cancun expects half a million tourists for Holy Week and Easter
The holiday season of Holy Week.
American builds wall on a beach in Yucatan
While the US president, Donald Trump,.