Wilson chains herself to 70 foot tower at Dow plant to
demand justice for Bhopal victims. (May face federal charge.)
0545 am this morning Central Time, Diane Wilson, a shrimp boat
captain and environmentalist from Seadrift, Texas, scaled a 90
foot tower at Dow Chemical's Seadrift plant, unfurled a 12 foot
banner stating DOW - RESPONSIBLE FOR BHOPAL and chained herself
to the tower. An eyewitness reported, "Dawn is breaking.
she's hanging the banner. Will be spotted any minute now. It's
windy and bloody loud up there next to all the compressors. She
can't hear a word on her phone, she says. Flames shooting up around
90.1 HOUSTON reporter Jackson Allers has been arrested by the
Sheriff's office for "criminal trespass" after taking
pictures of Diane on the tower. He was outside Dow at the time.
Kathy Hunt, Dow-Carbide's PR Leader at Seadrift explained to KPFT
News that it was necessary to arrest Jackson because he was taking
pictures of Dow-Carbide plant, which is "proprietory technology"
and that Dow-Carbide needed to protect its "trade secrets".
This is the same reason the company has given for 18 years for
not releasing medical information about the lethal gases that
leaked from its plant in Bhopal, killing thousands of innocent
men, women and children as they lay sleeping in their beds. (Jackson
has now been released.)
Full press release here. Listen to KPFT
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is the same tower that was implicated in a l991 explosion that
killed 1 worker, injured 34 others, including 6 citizens
after the plant had been declared the safest one in the state
by the Texas Chemical Council. Shrapnel the size of cars flew
into the countryside.
Well, Diane has been arrested. Dow employees sent a basket up
the tower asking her to come down. When she refused, law officers
of Brazoria County mounted the tower and presumably cut the chain.
We expect her to be out on bond tonight.
Houston Chronicle covered the story but got the number of
Union Carbide's victims seriously wrong. They quote 3,849 dead.
Where did you get this figure, guys? The Madhya Pradesh Government's
own figures put the death toll to date at over 20,000 and it is
still mounting. Here's our letter explaining
the figures we use.
Dow-Carbide's PR supremo at Seadrift, Kathy Hunt, was not answering
her phone to us today. Call her and say hello on + 1 361 553 3058
and politely reiterate the demands of the Bhopal survivors that
Dow Chemical assume full liability for the actions of its subsidiary
Union Carbide in Bhopal, and that it act speedily to clean up
the toxic mess left by Carbide. See
here for details, figures and facts about the toxic chemicals
Diane is out. Lots to tell but her cell phone has been confiscated
and handed over to the FBI. All our numbers are now presumably
being analysed by the same hot shot agents who just cannot trace
Warren Anderson anywhere. He is the ex-Carbide CEO wanted on criminal
charges in India and by Interpol. The Indian government's recent
move to reduce criminal charges against him sparked the present
wave of hunger strikes. Read all
about it inside the site.
if you were planning to call Diane and congratulate on her bravery,
and a gruff voice asks who the hell you are, you will know it's
not her dear old mom taking messages.
By the way, Diane, we are proud of you. Lots of love, and big
Read Diane's own account of her adventure on the tower and how
the men in black brought her down.
call Jim Smith, the Calhoun County Jail Administrator and thank
him for treating Diane so well when she was in custody. His number
is +1 361 553 4646.
Union Carbide officials are considering a federal charge against
Diane which carries a maximum sentence of a year in prison, says
Kathy Hunt, Dow-Carbide's PR leader at Seadrift. Richly ironic,
considering that Diane caused no damage by her action whereas
Union Carbide, which has caused 20,000 deaths to date in Bhopal,
is still refusing to appear in court in India to answer criminal
charges against it and has been declared an official "absconder
luckless Kathy Hunt, who seems to put her foot in her mouth every
time she opens it, told the Victoria Advocate newspaper today
that the Indian courts have ruled that Union Carbide's actions
after the accident were morally and financially satisfactory.
"That chapter is closed," Hunt said.
not quite, Kath.
Carbide still faces criminal charges in the Bhopal court as a
result of which its ex-Chairman Warren Anderson has an Interpol
warrant out for his arrest. This morning
the Bhopal Court rejected an application to reduce outstanding
criminal charges against Mr Anderson and called on the Indian
Government in the sternest language to move immediately for the
extradition of Anderson from the USA, where he is in hiding.
Please call Kathy on + 1 361 553 3058 and politely explain this
to her. You might suggest she reads this
rather better informed article on the legal issues before
committing further gaffes.
YOU CALL KATHY HUNT, ASK: "IF DIANE STANDS TRIAL, WILL MR
WARREN ANDERSON AND UNION CARBIDE ALSO TURN UP TO STAND TRIAL
IN BHOPAL? OR WILL IT BE YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF
AUG 28, 2200GMT+1:
Diane reports that her house has just been buzzed by a helicopter,
which circled it at tree top level twice before disappearing.
We are taking this very seriously because after a 1992 action
against Formosa Plastics, shots were fired from a helicopter at
her house, narrowly missing a relative and killing her dog.
are publishing Diane's email to us in order to focus international
attention on these attempts to silence her.
Wed, 28 Aug
2002 17:53:57 EDT
just a few
minutes ago a helicopter came out of the north from nowhere and
circled my house very low, almost on a level with the trees. it
was a green and white
helicopter. it did it twice and i thought it was going to land.
back in l992
when i was on a hungerstrike against formosa, i had a helicopter
land in my front yard. a sniper from the helicopter shot at my
law and killed my dog. i still have the bullets, cops didn't want
anything. said if i ever got locked up, they were sending me to
bin. also my shrimp boat was sabastoged twice and i nearly drowned
bay. in this mornings paper of Port Lavaca Wave, the article said
there was a
plane that circled the tower i was on and the plane was in carbide's
space. they suspected it was friends of mine.
i think someone
or somebodies is trying to harrass and frighten me.
doesn't frighten easily. Check
the following for background about her extraordinary life as an
activist, including the 1992 helicopter attack and how the US
Coastguard prevented her from sinking her own shrimp trawler over
a source of pollution.
Water, What's It Worth?" An overview of Diane's environmental
struggle against Formosa Plastics
War Against The Greens - Book Review
small town of Seadrift is almost entirely dependent for employment
on the giant chemical plants that dominate the countryside nearby.
Calhoun County politics and infrastructure is so tied in to the
companies that a perceived threat to one is considered a threat
to all. Diane has protested against the toxic discharges of most
of these companies. Economic papers have been presented to the
local commissioners court about the real danger on the horizon
- environmental activism. Congressman
Ron Paul even presented a paper to Congress saying pretty much
the same thing.
ask Bhopal supporters and friends of Diane from all around the
world to contact John Musser in Dow's Corporate Public Affairs
Department on (+1) 989 636-5663 (or e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org) and demand that the Dow Chemical Corporation
publicly disown and condemn these attempts to intimidate Diane
copy emails to Kathy Hunt at Seadrift. Her email address is