Posted: Aug 6, 2012 5:33 PM by Erin Steuber
Updated: Aug 6, 2012 6:24 PM
Residents opposed to the construction of a new Multi-Chem facility in Vermillion Parish say the company's recent actions are only re-enforcing what they've been fighting for. When the group, Citizen's Against Multi-Chem, tried to create a web address, they couldn't. All of their preferred web addresses are already owned. Multi-Chem" admits it did buy the domains. For example, citizensagainstmulti-chem.com.
In a statement to KATC Multi-Chem's representative Katie Dupuis says: "A Multi-Chem employee purchased a group of domain names in an effort to protect the company. The purchase of these domain names was an internal misunderstanding and has been addressed."
Citizen's Against Multi-Chem says this will not stop them. The group plans on having a website up soon-, they'll call it againstmulti-chem.org. The group hopes the site will help educate residents about the facility being put up just outside Maurice. The head of the group feels like this further proves the lengths Multi-Chem is willing to go to silence them.
"The company is not forth right and they do use guerilla marketing techniques, and other forms of underhanded tactics, to try to get what they want or try to silence people," said CAMC head Marcella Manuel.
Multi-Chem says it continues to be transparent and take a proactive approach to ensure residents receive the facts about operations. Multi-Chem is encouraging anyone with concerns to contact them directly (email@example.com). Multi-Chem's new location off highway 92 will have an office, field laboratory and blending facility on 64 acres of land. It'll eventually replace the New Iberia facility. That facility exploded last year.