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Bottled waters fail nitrite and bacteria tests

Wanglong Group, June 22, 2009

Hong Kong’s Consumer Council has conducted a test on 40 samples of bottled water and found that Perrier, a water product of Nestle which is used as a complimentary drink by some star-rated hotels to their clients, contains a high level of nitrite.

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US House resolution targets water withdrawals

By Marci Singer, Petoskey News-Review, Monday, June 22, 2009

“Congressman Stupak’s resolution clearly states that water cannot be treated as a product and cannot be sold as such for commercial profit. The resolution’s statement that water is a public trust, not a private commodity, would prevent all exporting of water.”

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Would Regulatory Regime Let Nestle Back Into Wells?

By Steve Bodnar, Seacoast Online, June 25, 2009

WELLS – Assurance that residents would have protection in case of large-scale water extraction was a major discussion point during a June 24 Ordinance Review Committee meeting.

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Small Towns vs. Nestlé

By Jenny Tomkins, In These Times, June 26, 2009

When Nestlé Waters North America, the world’s largest bottler of water, comes a-courting, promising jobs and increased tax revenues in exchange for local water rights, many small, rural towns get nervous.

Deborah Lapidus, an organizer with the Think Outside the Bottle campaign, says this skepticism stems […]

‘Expert’ murky on water issue; Fight extraction; Eggs but no issues (letters, Wells, ME)

‘Expert’ murky on water issue

To the Editor, Seacoast Online:

I was surprised to see a letter from Walter Anderson (from Yarmouth), former state geologist and Maine geologic survey director — a bona fide expert — in June 10th York County Coast Star.

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Thirst for Profit: Corporate Control of Water in Latin America

By Lisa Boscov-Ellen, Council on Hemispheric Affairs, June 19, 2009

“What is called for is an international code for the public’s access to a guaranteed supply of water as a basic human right.”

The Corporate Crusade to Commodify Water

Water has been characterized as the oil of the 21st century. Blue gold. It is essential […]

Anxiety grows about reaching water’s limit (Orlando, FL)

By Martin E. Comas, Orlando Sentinel, June 21, 2009

On any given day, more than 3.6 million gallons of water — more than enough to fill five Olympic-size swimming pools — is sucked up from the ground in Florida, put into bottles and sold.

All that water helps fuel a billion-dollar bottled-water industry in the […]

Do You Buy Bottled Water?

By Mary Wentworth, Cape Cod Today, June 26, 2009

“Evian” is “naive” spelled backwards for good reason.

Do You Buy Bottled Water? If you do, think about the following:

It’s a rip-off — big time. Coca-Cola was forced to admit in 2004 that Dasani is just tap water. Nestle’s has had to add “Public Water […]

Wells town leaders “nestle” with Nestlé? (letter)

To the Editor, Seacoast Online:

“I’m not listening … no out-of-towner is going to tell us what to do” type of responses at the June 2 Wells selectmen meeting “discussion” reared its head again when two Kennebunk women tried to speak. The same attitude as was apparent at the Town Meeting regarding the […]

Pennsylvania town fights big coal on mining rights

By Jon Hurdle, Reuters

TAYLORSTOWN, Pennsylvania – A small Pennsylvania town is trying to ban coal mining in a battle being played out across the state as rural communities try to assert control over mining, gas drilling and other businesses.

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