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Skagit Valley Herald Announces Defending Water in Washington Website

Anti-bottling plant group launches website

Whitney Pipkin | Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 3:28 pm

ANACORTES — A group opposing a proposed bottling plant in Anacortes. called Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin, has now launched a website. The site is linked to other Defending Water sites that have sprouted up in Oregon and Maine in opposition to similar projects.

The city of Anacortes signed a contract with Tethys Enterprises, Inc. in 2010 that gives the company rights to 5 million gallons of water per day for the bottling plant it would like to build.

Tethys CEO Steve Winter has presented the 1 million-square-foot plant at public meetings as a one-of-a-kind venture that, as proposed, would change the industry by aggregating in one place what had been done at multiple plants.

The Defending Water group formed soon after the City Council agreed to the contract with Tethys last year. At Tethys’ request, the council agreed in August to extend the deadline by which the company would need to find land for the project, which had been set for the end of this year, to the end of 2012.


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