Five years after BP caused the most devastating environmental catastrophe ever in the Gulf of Mexico, Mexican fishermen have still not received any form of compensation for their losses. Recently, Mexican fishermen filed a class action lawsuit in a U.S. court against BP, seeking compensatory and punitive damages for BP’s negligence and missteps that led to the massive leak. Interestingly, this is the first time BP has been sued by a person or business, outside of the United States. No compensation has been paid so far to Mexican fisherman.
The ecological impact on the Mexican coastline has been huge and can still be felt today. Thousands of species have been affected. The waters are still contaminated, and in some places there is irreparable damage, the fishermen allege in their complaint.
This is just another reminder of the irreparable harm the Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused to millions of lives. BP should be held accountable to all individuals and entities that were affected. There has not been a great deal of media attention given to the negative ecological impact the disaster in the Gulf has had on the Mexican coastline and the country’s fishing industry.
Sources: TeleSUR and EL PAIS
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