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SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER

DOW CHEMICAL SUED IN "DEAD PEASANT" SCANDAL

Texas law firm McClanahan & Clearman has sued Dow Chemical after discovering that the company took out life insurance policies on their lower-level employees. Sounds like a caring thing to do until you realise that if the worker died, their widows and families got nothing, the company kept the lot. Would the company claim even if the worker were killed by a leak of poison gas, or an explosion, as has happened at its Seadrift plant in recent years? Just thinking what a double killing Dow-Carbide could have made by insuring the peasants its gases massacred in Bhopal...McClanahan & Clearman has asked the courts to certify the case as a class action.

WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2002

AS LID BLOWS OFF 30 YEAR COVER-UP OF DOW DIOXIN SCANDAL IN NEW ZEALAND... "They drenched us in the most toxic chemical known to mankind."Check story in our media coverage.

...WE URGENTLY APPEAL TO DOW CHEMICAL EMPLOYEES:
DON'T KEEP SILENT IF YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT TOXICS, POLLUTION AND HAZARDOUS WASTES.

LOYALTY TO AN EMPLOYER is a fine thing, but loyalty to one's family and one's community should come first. What happened in Bhopal could happen elsewhere. No one knows this better than you. Put your own health, your family and your neighbours first. If you are worried, or have information about toxic leaks, spills or inadequate or careless waste disposal, don't keep it to yourself. Email us in complete confidence

 

SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2002

BREAKING NEWS FROM TODAYS'S BHOPAL CENTRAL CHRONICLE

SHOCK FOR DOW INVESTORS AS STATE GOVERNMENT MOVES TO FORCE DOW-CARBIDE TO PAY FOR CLEAN-UP OF ITS CONTAMINATED DEATH-FACTORY IN BHOPAL

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh announced last night that his Government will petition the Indian Supreme Court to remove deadly chemicals that still lie in Union Carbide's abandoned factory site in Bhopal, nearly 18 years after the gas disaster that has so far claimed 20,000 lives. Union Carbide (now wholly owned by the Dow Chemical Corporation) will be required to foot the bill for the clean-up. Read the Central Chronicle's story here. Just yesterday, the UK's Guardian newspaper reported that "The state of the Union Carbide plant is a disgrace. When the company finally left the city in 1999, it left behind around 5,000 tonnes of process and waste chemicals - toxins that have leached into the soil and water in and around the factory." Guardian story here.

20,000 AFFECTED BY TOXINS FROM ABANDONED PLANT

Piles of toxic chemicals lie piled like brown rocks where they have spilled from a rotting tank. Globules of mercury glisten on the ground. Mercury has been found in the ground and local water in quantities up to 6 million times higher than would have been expected, according to a Greenpeace report. Monsoon rains wash the toxins into the soil and contaminating ground water and drinking wells used by approximately 20,000 people -- by cruel irony, the very same neighbourhoods worst hit by the gas leak. For a summary of contamination at the site, please see our report.   

Sevin lying in the open air at Union Carbide's rotting factory in Bhopal, which the company abandoned without cleaning up.

John Snow of Channel 4 News sent this report live from the factory.(Needs
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DOW'S PR STRATEGY ON POINT OF COLLAPSE

Dow Chemical meanwhile persists with its disingenuous PR statements that it has nothing to do with liabilities incurred in India by Union Carbide -- a claim which according to US lawyers has no legal merit.
     Dow-Carbide has tried to reassure its stockholders and analysts that all liabilities arising out the 1984 poison gas leak were resolved by Carbide's infamous 1989 settlement with the Indian government which was ratified by the Indian Supreme Court. However, there are two fatal flaws in this argument.
     First, the Supreme Court, in a 1991 ruling which modified its earlier judgement, re-instituted criminal proceedings against Union Carbide. The corporation and its ex-CEO Warren Anderson have been absconding from these criminal charges since 1992 and failed to declare them before the Dow-Carbide merger to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission and other regulatory authorities.      
     Second, the civil liabilies covered by the 1989 settlement only cover claims arising out of the gas leak itself and do not extend to costs arising out of Carbide's environmental rape of the site over nearly two decades. This point is also the focus of a separate class action suit brought against the company by survivors which is currently being heard in New York.
     Survivor's groups are demanding that the company not only pay for the clean up of the site, but make restitution for deaths and damage to health and loss of earnings caused by drinking water polluted by chemicals that have been proven to cause cancers and birth defects.
     On 28 August the Bhopal court reiterated the criminal charges agsinst Carbide executives and Anderson and demanded that they be extradited to India to face trial without further delay. On 6 September the Indian government, in the form of the Director of the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) announced that it would move for Anderson's and Carbide's extradition.
     Dow stockholders could soon facing themselves a bill that will make the $470 million paid in 1989 look like chickenfeed.


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SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2002

THE RESPONSE OF AMERICA'S RICH: "GET THE F@#% OUT OF HERE...UNION CARBIDE TOOK CARE OF THOSE PEOPLE"

FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT KINNU DARLING

 

    Photo:Neil Stickel


"Get the f*@#% out of here!" has been the general reaction today.

Don Hewitt Executive Producer of 60 Minutes was one of Anderson's many extremely hostile neighbours who stopped on the Main Street market to confront Diane today. (He was spotted y'day also, driving past Andy's house and checking out Diane and Nina's signs.)

"You people are ideologically disgusting. You know nothing. If it was me, I wouldn't go to India either....you're just disgusting."

A lady who said she used to work with Unicef, drove past Diane in her luxury car and then came right back to say, "I've been to Bhopal with Unicef. What have the Indians done for Bhopal? What have YOU people ever done for Bhopal?"
"I've been supporting their struggle ma'am."

Another neighbour, "He was good to those people. Union Carbide took care of them."

I ask, "How do you feel about this Diane? What are you saying to them?"
Diane says, "They just scream and drive away. Kinnu, these people don't know nothing about the truth. Carbide's PR has been sooo slick. They don't realise how disgusting they're being....I've never seen anything like this. At least the workers understood what we were trying to do."

Another lady confronted Nina, "Someone threatened my children. You people have been here for 3 weeks....it must've been one of you."
Nina goes,"Whaaaaaaaaat?! We've been here only since y'day?"
Before she can ask her what the threats were about, the lady's driven away.

The sheriff came by and said he had two complaints of harassment and trespassing Anderson's property without his permission. He said he would let them be today until 5pm but if they were going to come back tomorrow his Suptdt. would make him arrest them.
"It's my right to be here. To protest. You can jail me all you want." was Diane's response to him.

There were some supportive passersby who had no idea that they had the dubious distinction of sharing THE Warren Anderson's neighbourhood. They were surprised and told Diane that she should tell the world about the kind of reaction she has been getting here.

There's hope then, I guess

Warren Anderson lives at 929 Ocean Road, Bridgehampton, NY. Write him a polite letter and tell him that he he has held up justice for the gas victims of Bhopal for long enough. Many of them are as just old as he is, and still suffer terrible chronic and debilitating illnesses as a result of the poison gases released from his factory eighteen years ago, and from having to drink water that is still being poisoned by chemicals from the site that Carbide never cleaned up. Unlike Warren Anderson these people cannot afford the best surgeons and medical specialists. Many of them do not have enough to eat. The average compensation for eighteen years of suffering has been less than $500. It did not even cover the cost of medicines in the first year. Over eighteen years it works out at about 7 cents a day. Until the criminal case is resolved, the question of proper compensation for these people cannot be addressed. By stalling the case for 11 years, Warren Anderson has dragged out and prolonged their suffering. Eleven years, during every day of which in Bhopal a person has died of gas-related illness or injuries. The deaths are mounting. And Bhopal will not got away. The rich of the Hamptons may not like it, but this is the future, knocking at their door.

You can write to Don Hewitt at 60 Minutes, CBS, 524 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019. Do ask him if his news organisation has heard that on 28 August an Indian court affirmed a criminal charge of "culpable homicide" against Warren Anderson and called for his immediate extradition from the United States. If CBS News is unaware of this story (they failed to report it) they might like to consult our own media coverage page to see how the story was covered by CNN, Reuters, the BBC and other first class news organisations. Ask Mr Hewitt if he and his organisation believe in and uphold the rule of law? Do they believe that the law should apply to all equally, without fear or favour? Do they believe that Indians are entitled to justice and the right to live in freedom from terror? Or this is the right only of rich Americans? When the poor world asks for justice, and Mr Hewitt says it is "ideologically disgusting", is he speaking for himself, or CBS, or the US establishment? Finally, please point out that in India as in the US, a defendant is innocent until proven guilty. If Warren Anderson and Union Carbide are as blameless as they claim, they have nothing to fear from appearing before the Bhopal Court. Urge Mr Hewitt and his news organisation to check the facts of the case, of which they clearly, in his own words "know nothing".

Additional reporting by Sarvadarshi in Bridgehampton and NYC.



FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2002 - EVENING

BHOPAL CAMPAIGNERS MEET THE ANDERSONS AND THIS TIME IT AIN'T NO DINNER PARTY

FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT KINNU DARLING

After yesterday's vigil in New York outside the UN building, the action moved to outside Warren and Lillian Anderson's house in Ocean Road. Bridgehampton, in the exclusive northern end of Long Island. Diane Wilson, Nina Resnez and others were there, with banners and accompanied by an Indymedia reporter armed with a videocam.

"Nice hedge all the way around, very clipped. Bunch of flowers. Pretty. Very nice place. We're standing here and there's someone coming up right now..."

Diane's report via mobile phone broke off at that point. An hour later, she was back on the air:

Diane says, "Kins honey, 30 days I baked outside the Carbide factory in that bloody hot Texas sun but I never got a reaction close to like this. Nothing like this. We had ourselves a ball today!"

1/3rd of Anderson's neighbours who saw Diane and Nina standing outside his house with a poster that said "ANDERSON SHOULDN'T YOU BE IN INDIA?", gave them a thumbs up.

The rest of the passersby tried their best to trash them.
"Go back to India, you piece of trash."
Diane: "I am from Texas, honey!"
"Ok. Go back to Texas then. Give that man a break. He's real nice. And he's 80 yrs. old now."
Supportive passerby: "Yeah, they've nice 80 yr. old Nazi war criminals living in Argentina also. So should we let them be?"
"He went to India 10 yrs. ago but they told him to go back home. Leave him alone now."

Mike Ruggiero turns up. He's a reporter from Southampton Independent, the local newspaper that ran a front page poster soon after Greenpeace found Anderson, with screaming headline: WANTED FOR HOMICIDE BY INDIA FOR HIS ROLE IN THE BHOPAL DISASTER THAT POISONED THOUSANDS. Neil, another young reporter from Indymedia's also there. With a videocam.

Meanwhile Andy and his wife come out. "Go do your homework. You don't know your facts. They kicked us out." "Do your homework. The Indian govt. kicked him out. We put money in a clinic. They bulldozed it." "Go away. Go do your homework."

"What about you Mr.Anderson? Do you know YOUR facts?"

Meanwhile, Andy realises Mike has a recorder. He tries to grab it. Mike refuses to let go. Andy runs after Mike. It almost turns into a scuffle. Neil gets everything on his camera.

Diane: "Kinnu, I tell you I've seen some funny things but I've never seen anything like this. We were so surprised."

"Go away. Just go away you all."
Andy and his wife are frustrated and furious. "They got into their car and zoom....tires screeching and all...just drove away."

Meanwhile, Mike who's just 3 weeks old at the newspaper jokes that his editor will fire him for having bothered poor Mr.Anderson. . . . His editor says "Holy *@$%. You nail that story right now."

Neil's putting up all the footage he can on indymedia tonight. And we'll get pictures from Diane's digital camera in hopefully just a few hours. Tomorrow Diane and Nina are going to be back in the Hamptoms. This time in the center of town on Main Street. To catch the Saturday market rush hour. Distributing leaflets. Spreading the word.

Additional reporting by Sarvadarshi in Bridgehampton, NY

WATCH THIS SPACE

9 SEPTEMBER 2002

 

         A BHOPAL.NET SPECIAL FEATURE

8 SEPTEMBER 2002

BRIDGEHAMPTON, LONG ISLAND: Ex-Carbide CEO Warren Anderson is clearly startled by all the media attention focussed on him since a court in Bhopal reaffirmed on 28 August that he is wanted for the homicide of 20,000 Bhopalis, and called for his immediate extradition.
     He must really have thought he'd got away with it.
     Warren has been ignoring the court's summonses and Interpol's arrest warrant for more than a decade. How is it, Channel 4 asked last week, that US authorities have apparently been unable to trace him, when it turns out he has been living openly at his house in Long Island's exclusive Hamptons district? (Channel 4 found the address, incidentally, on our website.)

 

Mrs Lillian Anderson
fobs off a Channel 4
TV News reporter
outside the Andersons' luxury home in the
exclusive Hamptons resort area of Long Island.

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     Mrs Lillian Anderson, caught by Channel 4's reporter as she drove her silver Cadillac into the couple's $1,150,000 home -which stands on a white sand beach on the Atlantic ocrean - did not want to talk. She said huffily, "My husband flew to India and they put him in jail". In fact, Warren Anderson spent three hours under nominal 'house arrest' at Carbide's luxury guest house. He was freed on a surety of $1,500 and left for America, promising "I will come back to India whenever the law requires it."
     But when the law required it, he said he did not recognise the court's jurisdiction. He never returned.

How inconvenient of Bhopal's dead and injured -"We've got people coming to dinner"

Did Warren Anderson have anything to say about the 20,000 people who have died in Bhopal as a result of Carbide's gas leak? He did not. Instead his wife testily told Channel 4's reporter, Zoe Conway, "This is most inconvenient. We've got people coming to dinner." Pressed to ask her husband to say what his current feelings were on the continuing suffering of more than 130,000 people in Bhopal, Mrs Anderson snapped, "I told you, we are giving a dinner party, and it isn't even catered"

These comments were not shown on last week's broadcast - we learned of them in a telephone call from a friend - they prompted us to do a bit of finding out about the Andersons' lifestyle.

Long Island's Hamptons are an expensive part of the world. Steven Spielberg has a house there. "Meg Ryan was at Sunset Beach on Shelter Island on Saturday night having dinner,' gushed a recent issue of New York Metro magazine. "Helena Christensen is always there, Liv Tyler is always there, and socialites like Lulu de Kwiatkowski always turn up. The locals have nicknamed some of the customers the boat people, because they all come over on their incredible boats, and they leave $300 tips."
     So what is a dinner party in the Hampton's like? What sort of shopping might Mrs Anderson's Cadillac have been carrying home?

Bridgehampton Polo Club is just down the road
from the Andersons. Membership costs upwards
of $7,500 a year.

Not part of the real world.

"I have to tell you, we're not part of the real world," said Bridgehampton's society caterer Brent Newsom, when we put these questions to him. "It costs to live here."
      It would seem that Lillian Anderson is used to having her dinner parties catered. A Newsom dinner for eight people could easily cost over $1,000. At a recent seven-person lunch attended by the Governor of New York, the food cost $800. There were two staff at $350 and flowers at around $250.
       The client generally provides the wine, because New York licensing laws mean a caterer would have to charge restaurant prices, say $100 for a bottle of wine that cost $30 in the shops.
        Perhaps Lillian had been over to the Amagansett Wine Store, where they do a decent Latour Pouilly Fuisse for $22 a bottle, and a Paumanok 2000 Sauvignon Blanc, a local version of a Sauterne for a mere $80.
        What would she be cooking? Well, beef would be a usual choice for a smart dinner party, but of course it's red meat. Although Warren appears fit for his age, he has to take care of his health.


Long Island lobster will be off the menu. The lobsters have been poisoned, probably by pesticides.

Lobster, in this area of stunning seascapes is a favourite food. It's delicious, low in fats and not particularly high in cholesterol.
        "I call ahead and have Southampton's Clamman cook my lobsters," says local resident Jamee Gregory, adding, "I don't like to hear them scream."
         In Vero Beach, Florida, where the Andersons have their other holiday home, P.V.Martin's Oceanside restaurant, famous for its "champagne brunch" does giant Florida lobster tails at $30, but in the exclusive Hamptons, a local told us, "Places that serve lobster do not have the prices on the menu."          Eight jumbo-sized lobsters for a dinner party would cost about $240. But fishermen report a "widespread lobster die off". The suspected cause: pesticides like those made by Union Carbide.
         Many Long Islanders are partial to tomalley, the pale green stuff found in the lobster's body, but local Lobster Promotion Councils advise against eating it, warning that as tomalley is the liver and pancrea, dioxins might have entered the system from the environment. Ironically, the dioxins enter the environment courtesy of Dow Chemical, which bought Warren's old company, Union Carbide.
         On second thoughts, Warren and Lillian wouldn't eat those lobsters anyway. Pesticides can do awful things to your health.

Organic produce, untouched by herbicides and pesticides

Lillian can find fruit and vegetables at the Scuttle Hole farm shop, just a quick dash from her house up to the top of Ocean Road and a jink across the Montauk Highway.
      Brent Newsom thinks its worth going further afield."If I want really good field-ripened tomatoes, I go to to Round Swamp in East Hampton. They grow almost everything they sell, and their corn is fabulous. It's fresh organic produce untouched by herbicides or pesticides," Sounds wonderful. "But", he admits, "it is très cher."
       Très cher, too, are the butchers, but of course the meat is simply the best.
     "Dreesen's in East Hampton is good, and the shop delivers - it's a fabulous if you don't mind paying $18 for veal scallopini."
       So, uncatered, how much at minimum must Lillian Anderson's dinner party have cost?
      Perhaps $40 on nibbles from somewhere inexpensive like Gemelli's of Babylon - you wouldn't want to be fussed with them yourself. $160 for the meat, because you want the best, and another $40 for the très cher vegetables. Four bottles of Latour Pouilly Fuisse, $88 and the Paumanok at $80.
       Cheeses? "I can only afford Sagaponack's Loaves & Fishes once a month," one local complains. "It seems like it's $20 for a quarter-pound of anything." $80. Dessert? Fresh fruit, enough for eight, $40.
       Flowers? $0 from the garden - after all why else keep three gardeners? And the total is $528.

 

A world away from Lillian's $500 bash: Leela Bai's dinner party in Bhopal.

In her shack, lit by a single dim bulb, Leela Bai prepares dinner for her family. She is the same age as Warren Anderson and like him, has to watch her health. It'll be rice again tonight, the same as last night, seasoned with a little salt. Rice costs 9¢ a pound in Bhopal.
      There is nothing else in the house. Occasionally there will be a some daal (lentils), and perhaps some spinach (4
¢ a pound). When hunger becomes unbearable, they tie scarves tightly round their bellies to give the illusion of fullness.
      Leela was one of those caught by Union Carbide's cloud of poison gas nearly eighteen years ago. She recalls the terror of "that night", waking with eyes and mouth burning, every breath like inhaling acid. The panic in the narrow lanes, when people were trampled. People choking and dropping dead, with bloody foam bubbling from their lips.
      Her family of six survived, but ever since they have suffered from breathlessness and spells of vomiting. One of her sons has gone blind. All six family members suffer from breathlessness and spells of vomiting.
      Burdened by injury they cannot earn well. The family's joint income is $30 a month.

   

Monsoon rains wash toxins from the factory into the groundwater. Drinking wells are polluted by carcinogens and heavy metals, including 20,000 to 6 million times the expected levels of mercury.


Organophosphates don't taste as nice as organics.

With their meal, Leela and her family will be drinking not wine but water. Mind you this is no ordinary water.
     
It's Chateau Carbide, laced with chemicals leaching into the ground water and wells from the toxins dumped by Carbide for years before and after the gas leak. Piles of dangerous chemicals are still lying in the abandoned factory. Each monsoon's rains washes them into the soil and groundwater.
     Greenpeace analaysed the drinking water of communities like Leela's who live the near the factory. They found chemicals capable of causing cancers, leukemia, damage to vital organs and birth defects. People who drink the water report symptoms like those who were gassed in the original disaster.
    French writer Dominique Lapierre, whose book Five Past Midnight in Bhopal demonstrates how Union Carbide's neglect led inexorably to the disaster, drank a half glass of the water and reported:
    "My mouth, my throat, my tongue instantly got on fire, while my arms and legs suffered an immediate skin rash. This was the simple manifestation of what men, women and children have to endure daily, eighteen years after the tragedy".


Warren Anderson probably spent more in one night than his victims got 'in compensation' for a lifetime of torture.

For the gas victims of Bhopal every day of the past eighteen years has been a struggle against breathlessness, nausea, brain damage, cancers, fevers, numbness, panic attacks, menstrual chaos, monstrous births. Yet of those who have received any compensation, ninety percent got less than $500.
      Leela got just $208. "No one in my family received more than that", she told us. "The money went on medicines as soon as it came to our hands."
      Over eighteen years $208 works out at just 3 cents a day and with each day that passes, its value dwindles. - which is why the case must not be stalled any longer.
The survivors demand that Anderson and Union Carbide (now a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemicals) must no longer be allowed to obstruct justice.
      The poor and the hungry of Bhopal live in the real world. Mr Anderson does not
      Last week, he was annoyed when Bhopal came knocking at his door in the idyllic Hamptons and held up his smart dinner party. How ironic is that from a man who has been holding up justice for thousands of poor, sick and hungry people for eleven years?
     Three days ago the Indian Government finally announced that it will seek Warren Anderson's extradition from the US.
     He and his wife must have been hoping Bhopal had gone away. But Bhopal will never go away. Not until there is justice.

 Additional reporting by Farah Khan in Bhopal and Sarvadarshi in Bridgewater bhopal.net @nti-copyright for activists © for everyone else

FURTHER READING

 
Five Past Midnight in Bhopal by Dominique Lapierre and Javier Moro
Union Carbide’s Factory in Bhopal: Still a potential killer
Dow-Carbide's "Double Standards" - Twenty information releases
How many died in Bhopal? - How we work out the figures we use
 
 

3 SEPTEMBER 2002

THE DAY OF DECISION - PICTURES FROM BHOPAL

 
before
 
after
 
SCENES OUTSIDE THE COURT LAST WEEK. THE DECISION. THE PICS.

 

2 SEPTEMBER 2002

THIS ROAD LEADS TO HELL, MUMBAI PROTESTS

STUDENTS TAKE DIRECT ACTION AGAINST DOW CHEMICAL - STORY AND PICS HERE


1 SEPTEMBER 2002

CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER:
THE STRANGE DISAPPEARANCE OF WWW.BHOPAL.COM.


FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT. bhopal.com, the propaganda website owned by Union Carbide (Dow) has vanished. Until yesterday, the site, which has been live since the late nineties, had been pumping out a bland mixture of regret and mendacity, its mission, obviously, to sucker people searching for Bhopal information into thinking that it was the "official" website on the Bhopal disaster. The strategy, dreamed up by Carbide's soulless PR advisors, has occasionally even worked for five minutes.
During the recent flurry of newscasts over the court decision and the "outing" of Warren Anderson, the BBC mistakenly gave a link to bhopal.com as a "source of Bhopal information", an error that was instantly changed when it was pointed out to them.
   Shortly after this bhopal.com went off the air completely.
   So what's happening? Have Dow-Carbide's management, hit by a barrage of media flak, finally realised that bhopal.com, like so many of their PR efforts, was an unholy embarrassment?

   The site has been looking increasingly forlorn lately. At one time it used to trumpet Carbide's (tired and endlessly disproven) "sabotage" theory as established fact, but when last sighted the "sabotage" theory had been demoted and was lurking on an inside page.
  
   At no time did bhopal.com ever contain any reference to the real causes of the disaster: drastic cost cutting, reduction of safety staff and time spent on safety training, a state of neglect that horrified visiting engineers from Carbide US - their anxious report was ignored by Warren Anderson and his fellow directors at Carbide HQ.

 It never mentioned the fact that criminal charges are still outstanding against Union Carbide Corporation as well as Warren Anderson in India and that both are official "fugitives from justice".  



Carbide's propaganda site - fooled no one
   It had no information on the issue that most frightens Dow: that of Carbide's outstanding liabilities in Bhopal.
The official line from Dow-Carbide is that all liabilities arising out of the 1984 gas leak were
ended by the 1989 "settlement". Unfortunately for them, the settlement did not and does not cover liabilities arising out of Carbide's savage environmental rape of the site before and after the gas leak. More info here.
   
Our information is that Dow, privately, is a great deal less assured about its position regarding Bhopal liability than it has admitted to its stockholders and analysts.
    So -- will bhopal.com be back with new and shinier lies? While we wait, there arises the question of whether Union Carbide, which sold off its Bhopal factory in 1994, had any right to register the bhopal.com domain in 1997. We think not. bhopal.com properly belongs to Bhopal's chamber of commerce.
    The proper place for Carbide to put its version of the Bhopal disaster was on its own website - and since Carbide is now wholly owned by Dow, that website is dow.com. But if you search dow.com, as I have just done, guess how many documents come up that deal directly with the Bhopal disaster?
(ANSWER: WHAT'S THE SECOND LETTER OF "ROTTEN")

 
 
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