Groundwater Extraction and Bottled Water: Lessons from Maine

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In this podcast, Emily Posner, water activist, community organizer, grassroots lobbyist and legal worker speaks about the experience of Maine communities struggling to maintain control over their water resources as multinational corporations seek to withdraw ever increasing amounts of water for the bottled water industry.

Ms. Posner discusses local and statewide legal and legislative efforts, community organizing and the rights of nature. Her talk comes at an opportune time for those interested in water issues in Oregon. Nestle Waters North America is currently seeking a foothold in Cascade Locks, in the Columbia Gorge, extracting ground water and bottling it for commercial purposes. Oregonians can learn from the experience of a state that has been dealing with this industry for many years.

This event was co-sponsored by the Lewis & Clark Law School Northwest Environmental Defense Center and Environmental Law Caucus.  The program was held at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon on October 20th, 2009.  Source webpage.