Are Greedy Water Bottlers Siphoning Your City’s Drinking Water?

Monday 22 March 2010     Tara Lohan  |  AlterNet

It took six years for residents of tiny McCloud, California, to give Nestle Waters North America its walking papers. The water bottler had hoped to build a 1 million square-foot facility in the town of less than 2,000 and was given a backroom 50-year contract (renewable for an additional 50 years) to annually take 1,250 gallons per minute of delicious spring water from the town, hunkered in the shadow of Mount Shasta, and unlimited groundwater. But after years of opposition from community and environmental groups, Nestle scrapped its plans and left with its tail between its legs. Continue reading

Abitibi launches $500-million challenge

Free-trade case targets 2008 move by Newfoundland and Labrador

By NICOLAS VAN PRAET, Canwest News ServiceFebruary 26, 2010

Headquarters of Montreal-based pulp and paper giant AbitibiBowater Inc.

Insolvent pulp-and-paper giant AbitibiBowater Inc. has launched a $500-million free-trade challenge to fight what it contends is the illegal expropriation of its assets in Newfoundland and Labrador. It would be one of the largest such claims brought against the federal government. Continue reading

Abitibi’s $500-million lawsuit an outrage, national council says

Days before the federal budget is to be tabled, AbitibiBowater has announced it is filing a NAFTA Chapter 11 challenge against Canada for $500 million.
“Newfoundland is only taking back the land and water rights it lent Abitibi on condition they produce newsprint. If Abitibi is not going to do that any more, for whatever reason, the province is within its rights to reclaim the land and demand the company clean up what’s left,” states Council of Canadians trade campaigner Stuart Trew. Continue reading