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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:43 PM
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Leaked emails reveal deadly cover-up of dumped toxic waste
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

LEAKED internal emails have revealed a massive cover-up by the British oil trader Trafigura, in one of the worst pollution disasters in recent history.

The emails obtained by The Guardian prove that Trafigura, which abruptly announced an offer to pay compensation to 31,000 West African victims, was fully aware that its waste dumped in Ivory Coast was so toxic it was banned in Europe.

Thousands of West Africans besieged local hospitals in 2006, and a number died, after the dumping of hundreds of tonnes of highly toxic oil waste around the country's capital, Abidjan. Local autopsy reports on 12 victims appeared to show fatal levels of the poisonous gas hydrogen sulphide, one of the waste's lethal byproducts.

Trafigura has publicly insisted for three years that its waste was routine, harmless and ''absolutely not dangerous''.


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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:49 PM
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1. very tragic...
this probably goes on a LOT more often than we care to think about...
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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:56 PM
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2. start holding people PERSONALLY responsible, no corporate shields
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:59 PM
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8. And charge them with murder.
That's what it is.
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Trillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 02:36 AM
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10. I'd prefer the corporation be held responsible.
You know, give it a life sentence, "in jail" until it dies.

I've just seen far too many times in my few decades where people, employees, little folks, have been held responsible, and corporate goes on afterward much like nothing happened.

I'd venture to say it's one of the oldest corporate media-con games around.
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Doremus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:06 PM
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3. But corporations would never be so stupid as to knowingly endanger people!
:sarcasm:


Indict them for murder and if found guilty lock them up for life.
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:16 PM
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4. and ya wonder why we have pirates attacking these ships off their shores
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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:37 PM
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5. Corporate "people" are all such f'in' Sociopaths...
that don't give a crap about their "fellow man"! Let's go after those people growing inside those "people" that try to hide their BS! Those corporate shield laws DO need to be fixed!
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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:38 PM
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6. Anyone who says H2S isn't dangerous should be on charge of handling it.
They should be charged with manslaughter at the least.
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:46 PM
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7. Sounds very similar to the dumping off of Somalia's coast.
European Companies Dumping Toxic Waste Off Coast Of Somalia, April 11, 2009


We 'are being lied to about pirates' off Somalia., March 23, 2009



Leaked emails reveal deadly cover-up of dumped toxic waste (Ivory Coast)

By DAVID LEIGH
September 18, 2009


LEAKED internal emails have revealed a massive cover-up by the British oil trader Trafigura, in one of the worst pollution disasters in recent history.
The emails obtained by The Guardian prove that Trafigura, which abruptly announced an offer to pay compensation to 31,000 West African victims, was fully aware that its waste dumped in Ivory Coast was so toxic it was banned in Europe.

Thousands of West Africans besieged local hospitals in 2006, and a number died, after the dumping of hundreds of tonnes of highly toxic oil waste around the country's capital, Abidjan. Local autopsy reports on 12 victims appeared to show fatal levels of the poisonous gas hydrogen sulphide, one of the waste's lethal byproducts.

.....

It has until now denied compensation claims, and its lawyers repeatedly threatened anyone who sought to contradict its version. It launched a libel case against the BBC, forced a ''correction'' from The Times, demanded The Guardian delete articles, and on Wednesday tried to gag journalists in the Netherlands and Norway with legal threats.

But the dozens of damning internal Trafigura emails which have come to light reveal how traders were told in advance that their planned chemical operation, a cheap and dirty process called ''caustic washing'', generated such dangerous waste that it was widely outlawed in the West. The documents reveal that the London traders hoped to make profits of $US7 million ($7.98 million) a time by buying up what they called ''bloody cheap'' cargoes of sulphur-contaminated Mexican fuel.

They decided to try to process the fuel on board a tanker anchored offshore, creating toxic waste they called ''slops''.




Again and again, the impoverished of our world suffer the most, at the hands of the privileged.



When does the greed stop? ---Senator Edward Kennedy, January 25, 2007







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winyanstaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:25 PM
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9. Down with corporations being able to trash the planet....
throw them all in prison.
I bet those ships carrying guns in case of "pirates" are also dumping toxic waste.
They are not only harming the people in the area, they are trashing OUR oceans and stealing from future generations.
Enough already!
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