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    An aerial view of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico | Photo: Reuters

Published 1 May 2015

Five years after the environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico caused by British Petroleum, Mexican fishermen have still not received any compensation.

Mexican fishermen filed a class action lawsuit in a U.S. court against BP oil company, as collectives or individuals, seeking compensatory and punitive damages over alleged negligence and missteps that led to the massive leak at the Macondo well that led to about 5 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico between April and September 2010.

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This is the first time the U.K. energy giant is being sued by someone outside of the United States. The U.S. government had demanded compensation for the states of Washington, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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According to BP's website, about $US1.8 billion have been paid to U.S. fishermen – yet nothing to their Mexican counterparts. When the catastrophe happened, conservative Mexican President Felipe Calderon refused to file a lawsuit against BP. Two years later, the Mexican national oil company Pemex signed an agreement to collaborate with the U.K.-based company in oil explorations.

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