BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Rights of Nature Tribunal

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Presented by Esperanza Martínez, Acción Ecológica, Ecuador

Spanish: Derrame Petrolero de BP en el Golfo De Mexico

BP Deepwater Horizon oil spillThe Castrophe

On April 20, 2010 there was an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon, which BP operated with the Swiss firm Transocean, that caused an estimated five million barrels of oil to be spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and the death of 11 workers.

Two days later, it sunk. Between 12,000 and 19,000 barrels of oil spilled per day.

The BP oil spill is the largest oil spill in marine waters, according to the flow estimates announced on August 2 by a federal panel of scientists, called the Flow Rate Technical Group. This panel has claimed the spill to have gone well beyond 4.9 million barrels of oil.

Only in July did the disastrous spill stop.

Presented by Esperanza Martínez, Acción Ecológica, Ecuador

Read the case brief: BP Tribunal Text

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British Petroleum BP Case – PPT English

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Esperanza Martinez, Acción Ecológica
Esperanza Martinez studied biology and has extensive experience with leading organizations of the Ecuadorian environmental movement. Among other positions, she has been president of Acción Ecológica, president and secretary of CEDENMA (Coordinadora Ecuatoriana para la Defensa de la Naturaleza y del Medio Ambiente), coordinator of the campaign Amazonía por la Vida, and coordinator of Oilwatch. She has also authored several publications and received various awards such as the Alexander Langer Award in 2002 in Italy.

Espanol: British Petroleo Tribunal Texto

Caso Derrame British Petroleo PPT

Caso Derrame British Petroleo PDF

Estudió biología y cuenta con una amplia experiencia con importantes organizaciones del movimiento ecologista ecuatoriano. Entre otros cargos, ha sido presidenta de Acción Ecológica, presidenta y secretaria del CEDENMA (Coordinadora Ecuatoriana para la Defensa de la Naturaleza y del Medio Ambiente), coordinadora de la campaña amazonia por la vida, coordinadora del Observatorio Socio ambiental de la Amazonia, y coordinadora de la red Oilwatch. Además es autora de varias publicaciones. Ha recibido diferentes distinciones tales como el Premio Alexander Langer en el 2002 en Italia.