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Monday, September 21, 2009

Once again another oil company is caught redhanded damaging the environment and harming humans

The oil-trading company Trafigura has agreed to a settlement with citizens who became ill after a tanker owned by Trafigura dumped hundreds of tons of waste around the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan.The company said it would pay $1,546 a person. The British law firm Leigh Day has said the case involves 30,000 people A United Nations expert on toxic waste disagrees with Trafigura claims, and stated there appeared to be a connection between the waste and deaths and illnesses.The company's internal emails show the true nature of the toxic waste dumped around Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast. Trafigura had publicly claimed the waste was harmless. Thousands of west Africans besieged local hospitals, and a number died, in 2006 after the dumping of hundreds of tons of highly toxic oil waste around Abidjan.

From this additional news force I am quoting the following: "Official local autopsy reports on 12 alleged victims showed fatal levels of the poisonous gas hydrogen sulphide, one of the waste's lethal byproducts." "But dozens of damning internal Trafigura emails have now come to light. They reveal how London-based company employers were told in advance that their planned chemical operation, a cheap and dirty process called "caustic washing", generated such dangerous wastes it was widely outlawed." "Claude Dauphin, the managing director, was told by the London manager, Naeem Ahmed, on 28 December 2005: "Caustic washes are banned by most countries due to the hazardous nature of the waste (mercaptans, phenols, smell) … there are not many facilities remaining in the market. There is a company in Rotterdam that burns such waste in a high stack chimney and charges are approximately $200/kg."" "An email from Ahmed the previous day to the head of gasoline trading spelled out: "US/Singapore and European terminals no longer allow the use of caustic soda washes since local environmental agencies do not allow disposal of the toxic caustic after treatment." "Transport of such toxic waste across EU borders was outlawed, he told his bosses. It was illegal to dump it on any EU landfill." "The London-based traders pressed on regardless, the documents reveal. They hoped to make profits of $7m a time by buying up what they called "bloody cheap" cargoes of sulphur-contaminated Mexican gasoline." "They decided to try and process the fuel on board a tanker anchored offshore, creating toxic waste they called "slops"." "The resulting black, stinking, slurry was eventually dumped around landfills in Abidjan, after Trafigura paid an unqualified local man to take it away in tanker trucks at a cheap rate." "The UN human rights special rapporteur Professor Okechukwu Ibeanu criticised Trafigura for potentially "stifling independent reporting and public criticism" in a report the oil traders tried and failed to prevent being published in Geneva this week." "The report said Ibeanu "views with great concern reports that the company has filed or threatened to file lawsuits against various civil society and media institutions that have reported … in a critical manner". "He wrote: "According to official estimates, there were 15 deaths, 69 persons hospitalised and more than 108,000 medical consultations … there seems to be strong prima facie evidence that the reported deaths and adverse health consequences are related to the dumping."

Why was this company allowed to engage in such harmful dumping? Obviously no one in the Trafigura management group has any morals or values nor do they have any care for human life and the life of other species of plants and animals effected by this dumping. The managers of Tragigura only cared about making profits, and this sort of behavior cannot be tolerated in our World!

According to Trafigura's own disclosures at its website,this is how much money they are making engaging in illegal activities such as at Abidjan:

"Trafigura is the world’s third largest independent oil trader and the second largest independent trader in the non-ferrous concentrates market, with access to approximately US$17 billion in credit facilities and investments in industrial assets around the world of more than US$1 billion."

"Our wholly owned subsidiary, Galena Asset Management,

currently has assets in excess of $600m under management across a number of resource funds."

  • Turnover of US$ 73 billion in 2008
  • 60 offices in 42 countries worldwide
  • US$ 1 billion of industrial assets
  • In excess of US$800 million funds under management with Galena Asset Management
  • 2nd largest independent non-ferrous trading company in the world
  • Over 8 million tons of concentrates traded per annum
  • 3rd largest independent oil trader in the world
  • Over 1.5 million barrels of crude and oil products traded daily
  • 1,900 employees
  • 90% of whom are local nationals from 80 countries"

This company needs to be watched carefully by government regulators and World governments so they do not continue to conduct illegal business activities which cause environmental disasters and health problems to innocent human beings and other life forms!!!

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The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.