Sinaloa Class Actions (ACSinaloa), a Mexican non-governmental organization of lawyers specializing in environmental disasters, has filed a class action lawsuit against BP in Mexico over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion causing environmental and consumer damage in the Gulf of Mexico, Reuters reported.
The lawsuit is based on a recent study that provides evidence of environmental damage to hundreds of fishing and tourism communities in Mexico after the maritime currents and the air contamination alongside the US shore reached the coastal area in the south.
A US federal court has previously found BP guilty of gross negligence over the oil spill, and ordered the company to pay $20.8b in penalties to the US government for the caused environmental damage, The Guardian informed. The sum comes on top of $43.8b earmarked by BP for criminal and civil penalties, and cleanup costs.
The explosion, the worst offshore oil disaster in US history, killed 11 workers and spewed millions of barrels of oil onto the US shorelines for nearly three months.
In parallel news, Mexico has recorded an increase in export of crude oil to Asia, and light crude oil to Europe offsetting a decline in oil exports to the US, that marked a 50 % drop since 2011, the data published by the Mexico’s National Oil Company, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), indicated, wrote Oil Voice.
The crude production from the Mexican largest offshore field, the Cantarell has also dropped significantly, according to World Oil.