Bhopal Gas Disaster 1984





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October 7, 2020 - 9:06pm

Critical Commentary

I started my research -- long ago -- at the site of the 1984 Union Carbide chemical plant disaster in Bhopal, India, which killed thousands in the immediate aftermath and left continuing, deadly pollution in the community’s water supply. Since my research in India in the early 1990s, when the Bhopal case was being heard by Indian courts, I have followed similar hazards in the United States, in the state of West Virginia, where the sister plant of Union Carbide’s Bhopal plant was located, near where I grew up around Houston Texas, and in the River Parishes of southern Louisiana -- a region environmental activists have called Cancer Alley, and, more recently -- Death Alley.

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Anonymous, "Bhopal Gas Disaster 1984", contributed by Kim Fortun, Disaster STS Network, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 17 April 2021, accessed 17 May 2022.