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Nestlé Waters appeal filed (Sacramento, CA)

Sacramento Press, Nov. 24, 2009

Save Our Water Sacramento filed an administrative appeal involving the Nestlé water-bottling plant on Monday, Nov. 23.

Davis attorney Don Mooney has agreed to take the case if the issue goes to court. Mooney represented McCloud residents in their six-year fight against a Nestlé Waters North America water-bottling plant near […]

E-mails point to influence

Opinion, SeacoastOnline, November 19, 2009 2:00 AM

A Nov. 3 vote on water-rights in Wells already is well behind us, but we return to the issue this week with a story on communications between Poland Spring and a handful of town officials. We stumbled across the story, as we report, after Jason Heft of the […]

Poland Spring PR “helping” public officials in Wells

By Steve Bodnar, SeacoastOnline, November 19, 2009

WELLS — Poland Spring’s use of an overt advertising campaign to connect with voters before a widely-debated vote on Election Day wasn’t the only way the company sought support leading into a Nov. 3 referendum, according to records from the Wells Ordinance Review Committee.

The company’s Portland-based public […]

Nestlé’s Backroom Deal? (Sacramento, CA)

Part II- Nestlé at the City Council: Public Discussion or Backroom Deal? by Evan Tucker, Sacramento Press, November 18, 2009

Who is to Blame? Nestlé was recruited by the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization and the Economic Development Department, one of a series of bad projects they have brought here that include the municipal […]

Revolving-door syndrome (Sacramento, CA)

Sacramento News & Review Editorial, Nov. 16, 2009

It wasn’t all that surprising when one of Mayor Kevin Johnson’s chief volunteer advisers, Michelle Smira, announced a few weeks back that she’d be leaving her city post to work on behalf of Johnson’s “strong mayor” campaign. Smira, who runs a public-relations business called MMS Strategies, sent […]

Nestle’s public trust ‘washing away’

Once again, Nestle Waters finds itself accused of poor public process – this time Nestle Waters of Canada is charged with hiding plans for a backup well from citizens.

Full story here.

Producers of “Tapped” Allege Nestle Trying to Limit Distribution

Thanks to TC at StopNestleWaters for noting this:

This statement from a Brookfield News Times interview with the makers of the bottled water documentary “Tapped” largely speaks for itself:

“A lot of major film festivals are sponsored by Nestle,” Soechtig […]

Glossy campaigns sometimes wear thin (editorial)

SeacoastOnline, Opinion, Nov.5, 2009

Like Mayor Bloomberg in New York, who only narrowly held onto his seat Election Day despite spending more than $100 million of his own money on his election campaign, it’s hard not to wonder whether many Wells voters who rejected the proposed water ordinance were just fed up with the slick […]

After McCloud, Nestle gets a thumpin’ in Maine

By Jamilla El-Shafei, organizer Save Our Water, Kennebunk, ME

Another community says NO to Nestle! Activists in the communities which surround the Branch Brook Aquifer, located in the southern part of the state handily defeated a water extraction ordinance on a referendum vote in the town of Wells.

The ordinance, written under the direction of […]

Water Fight Moving From City Hall To State House

By Tim Goff, SeacoastOnline, Nov. 4, 2009

WELLS, ME — Voters in this oceanside community rejected an ordinance that would have allowed large-scale water extraction in their town. The measure was defeated by a margin of better than 2 to 1 – with 1420 voting in favor and 3194 voting against the proposed ordinance.

“As […]