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Wells voters to decide on water extraction moratorium

By Jim Kanak, York County Coast Star
August 20, 2008

WELLS — Voters this November will get a chance to decide if the town will have a 180 day moratorium on

water extraction while the town crafts a water extraction ordinance.

Selectmen voted 3-2 Tuesday to put the question on the ballot.

They did so before a capacity crowd at Town Hall, most of which appeared to be solidly in favor of the moratorium.

“The town currently has no protection against large extractions at the regional or state level,” said resident Joe Hardy, one of the proponents of the ban.

“A reasonable ordinance will take time to craft. This will give us time. This is not an anti-water district vote. It’s an attempt to protect the town.”

The moratorium effort stemmed directly from opposition to the recently terminated negotiations between the Kennebunk Kennebunkport and Wells Water District and Nestle/Poland Spring that would have allowed the water bottling concern to purchase and extract water from the Branch Brook Aquifer, much of which is in Wells.

Specifically, according to proponents, the moratorium is necessary because the town lacks ordinances that regulate the “testing, pumping, and transport of Wells’ groundwater, surface water, aquifers, springs, and well water,” or the “transportation, through Wells, of water that has been pumped for other locations.”

With selectmen approval, the proposed language of the ballot question now goes under review by the town attorney.

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