Colombia: Farmers sue oil giant BP in the UK

Posted on October 15, 2014 • Filed under: Agriculture, Colombia, Conflicts, Enviromental Issues, Europe reported more than 100 Colombian small farmers are taking on oil giant BP in the UK high court on Wednesday in one of the largest cases in environmental legal history. The farmers say the British company Equion Energia, formerly BP Exploration (Colombia) Ltd or BPXC, was negligent in the construction of the Ocensa oil pipeline in the mid-1990s. It ran through their properties and, they claim, caused serious damage to their land, crops and animals. If the claim is successful, it could open the way for similar claims by other communities in developing countries who say they have been adversely affected by oil pipelines. Read Article

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