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Dow, Sasol Sued by Greenpeace for Espionage

November 29, 2010
Bloomberg reports, Dow Chemical Company and Sasol North America Inc. were sued for espionage by a unit of Greenpeace International, the nonprofit environmental advocacy group, which alleges the chemical companies illegally searched its trash. According to a complaint filed in federal court in Washington, Greenpeace alleges from 1998 to 2000, Dow, Sasol and two public relations firms conspired to infiltrate and steal confidential information in order to thwart Greenpeace Inc.’s environmental campaigns. Greenpeace said the spying included breaking into locked trash bins outside its Washington headquarters and infiltrating meetings and electronic communications. During the time the group claims the companies were spying upon it, Greenpeace was examining Dow’s sales of products containing genetically modified organisms, according to the complaint. Greenpeace was also working with communities it says were threatened by chemical pollutants, including Lake Charles, La., according to its press statement announcing the court filing. Sasol maintains a manufacturing facility at Lake Charles, according to that company’s website.