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18 Mar 2014

Leigh Day

Colombian farmers prepare for trial against former BP company [UK]

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…73 Colombian farmers…are alleging that the British company Equion Energia (formerly BP Exploration (Colombia) Limited, or BPXC) negligently managed the construction of the OCENSA oil pipeline in the mid 1990s which caused serious damage to their land…In 2010 BPXC changed its name to Equion after BP sold off its shares in BPXC…The farmers’ claims will be heard in the UK’s Technology and Construction Court starting on 7th October 2014…The Claimant farmers are expected to give evidence in London or from Colombia…They allege that BPXC played a central role in the design, implementation and management of the project and the construction process…These claims involving compensation for environmental damage caused by a UK oil company to privately owned land outside the UK are probably the first of this kind to be litigated in the UK courts…