Six years ago a multinational company bought large amounts of unrefined gasoline in the US and refined it through an industrial process called caustic washing onboard a ship, the Probo Koala, in the Mediterranean Sea.
Health centers and hospitals were soon overwhelmed. Over 100,000 people received medical care, according to official records. National authorities reported that between 15 and 17 people died.
What’s more, the company was long aware that the waste that they created onboard the Probo Koala was hazardous… and expensive to dispose of.
That company is Trafigura. Continue reading