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Bhopal update - 09-16-11

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 393926
Date 2011-09-16 20:45:45
Scot, Tomm,

The BMA website has a new issue of the "777" BMA newsletter, credited as
the Summer 2011 issue. The issue features the Chingari Trust, the water
supply situation in Bhopal, the Bhopali film, and the Glastonbury
Festival. There are only a few items that are truly interesting.

- Peter Finnigan wrote an introductory column to the issue and said
the "long legal and political struggle" has brought "further
frustrations," noting the Supreme Court dismissed the criminal case
curative petition. He explained briefly the remaining curative petition
issues on compensation amounts and eligibility, and said the remediation
issue is at a "legal stalemate."

Finnigan also noted the BMA hopes the Bhopali documentary "will be
widely available in the near future."

- The Chingari Trust article is unremarkable, but is accompanied by
photos from "Alex Masi/Focus For Humanity."

- Colin Toogood wrote a brief article on the issue of supplying
water to Bhopal's gas-affected neighborhoods as "the ongoing crisis." He
reported the pipeline system project "was rudimentary and laid along the
ground, making it easily ruptured." Most residents still rely on the water
tankers arriving, although the frequency of delivery varies from 2-3 days
to more than a week, which leaves the residents to rely on the water pumps
that are alleged to be contaminated.

- A report on the Bhopali film has description from film maker Max
Carlson about his and Kirk Palayan's visits to Bhopal and the events and
information used to create the film. The piece ends with "Release details
for `Bhopali' are still being finalized."

- The Glastonbury Festival report by Roz Shearn claims the event was
highly successful, as "literally thousands of people came to visit" the
BMA's installation of tent and "sculpture garden." Shearn explained the
BMA litterpicker fundraising was intended to "make a link between cleaning
up Glastonbury and cleaning up Bhopal." A list of the individuals involved
in the effort is included.

Due to the size of the file (nearly 4MB), the issue is available on
request, either in its entirety, or as the individual articles.

The BMA Twitter and Facebook accounts have just one new item - a CSRWire
press release about a Merck water, sanitation and hygiene initiative in
India. The BMA comment is: "This is a decent initiative. But, wouldn't it
be great to see another well-known US Corporation clean all of the heavy
metals, volatile organic compounds and solvents out of the ground water in

The only media to report today is a Down To Earth article asking why the
Bhopal dharnas in New Delhi did not receive the same resources and
considerations as the Anna Hazare RTI protest.

Ann Sigsby

Senior Analyst

Allis Information Management


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