Bhopal case exposes US double standards: India Today - Latest Breaking News from India, World, Business, Cricket, Sports, Bollywood. While the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy received a measly compensation, the US government is demanding from British Petroleum (BP) 50 million dollars to restore the coastline ecology after the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico. So does Washington consider Indian lives cheaper than those of American dolphins and pelicans? Union Carbide paid 470 million dollars as settlement to the victims of the Bhopal disaster. The families of the dead got an average of 2,200 dollars while the wounded got 550 dollars. Compare this to the compensation being demanded by the US from BP. The company is liable to pay a fine of up to 4,300 dollars per barrel. The final compensation may run into billions of dollars. US President Barack Obama has made his intentions clear. "I don't have a problem with BP fulfilling its legal obligations, but I want BP to be very clear that they've got moral and legal obligations for the damage that has been done," Obama said. "And what I don't want to hear is when they're spending that kind of money on their shareholders and on TV advertising, that they're nickel-and-dimming fishermen or small businesses in the Gulf who are having a hard time," he said. Clearly, for the US it's a case of different strokes for different folks. Bhopal is an environmental disaster that continues to unfold even after 25 years. Union Carbide was bought by Dow Chemicals and the Bhopal activists are now seeking to get Dow to clean up the gas disaster plant site. But so far, they have been unsuccessful. Ironically, Dow on the other hand has set aside 2.2 billion dollars to cover potential liabilities for the Union Carbide's American Asbestos production.