Sunday, October 18, 2009

Minton Report: Trafigura Toxic Dumping Along the Ivory Coast

A scientific report into the dumping of toxic waste in Ivory Coast by oil trading company Trafigura has been released to the public.

The report concerns illnesses suffered by thousands of Abidjan locals.

It suggests their likely cause was the release of potentially lethal gas after chemicals were dumped.


Updated October 15, 2009: The "Minton report" exposes a toxic waste dumping incident which hospitalized thousands. The UK media has been suppressed from referencing the report and its contents since a secret gag order was issued against it on September 11, 2009. The report was commissioned through Waterson & Hicks, a UK law firm, possibly to claim client-attorney privilege should it leak. Client and dump is "Trafigura", a giant multi-national oil and commodity trader. The report assesses a toxic dumping incident involving Trafigura and the Ivory Coast—possibly most culpable mass contamination incident since Bhopal. The UK media is currently unable to mention the URL "" or anything else that would direct people towards the report.

An attempt by a member of parliament to subvert the gag order, by mentioning "Minton report", the date of the secret gag, and "Trafigura" in the House of Commons, lead to an major uproar on October 12 and 13, following an attempt by Trafigura to apply the gag order to parliamentary reporting (see this front page article in the Guardian newspaper).


The UK press gag remains in effect
. Incredibly, Trafigura's lawyers, Carter Ruck, are now attempting again to prevent parliamentary debate over the gag, this time by claiming sub-judice.

Readers can help the victims and the press undermine this unconscionable gag order, by spreading the URL "".

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