By Emma Bouthillette, Kennebunk Post, Nov. 21, 2008
During the Nov. 4 election, 68 percent of Wells voters voted to enact a 180-day moratorium on all water extraction activities allowing time to develop a town ordinance in regard to water extraction.
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“There is a virulent strain of optimism among activists as community after community has resisted Nestle. There is definitely a movement ‘bubbling up’ around the state to protect groundwater resources from corporate exploitation,” Save Our Water organizer Jamilla El-Shafei said in a Nov. 6 press release.
“However, our work has just begun and we are in this fight for the long haul. The battle to save our water is just one front of a larger fight, not just to protect our water, but also to take back our democracy. It is about having local democratic control of our water resources, not handing over control of our resources to a corporation that answers to stock holders not to the community which is affected by their water mining practice.”