USA Springs says they own government permits!

Water permits at issue in USA Springs request

NOTTINGHAM — Attorneys for USA Springs want the bankruptcy court to make clear that permits previously issued by the state and town are the company’s property, and it will be the court – not local government – that will make the determination of whether they are in effect or not. Continue reading

Nestle: Maine Tough State for Business

Nestle:  Maine Tough State for Business Sun Journal
“I’m in New York City all the time. You cannot walk 100 yards in Manhattan without falling over a bottle of Poland Spring on some cart on every single street.”
–Kim Jeffery, President and CEO of Nestle Waters North America
Defending Water comments………
“Falling over,” yes, for sure.  Plastic bottles produce huge mounds of waste!
“Manhattan,” the city with pure water from the Catskills delivered without plastic, without delivery trucks coming from Maine, with almost no oil use since the water flows through pipes by gravity from the mountains, and thus with almost no contribution to climate change, and where the city water is far cheaper than Poland Spring water.   But Nestle is busy convincing people they should buy Poland Spring.
Jeffrey: “‘We love being in business here, but sometimes it’s hard,’ he said. ‘Sixteen pieces of legislation is an awful lot to deal with.'”
Defending Water comments………
“Hard,” Yes, it’s become harder for Nestle now they have to deal with concerned legislators and those pesky water activists.
Jeffrey “…asked the audience of nonprofit organization officials, to which Poland Spring donates nearly $1 million a year, to put in a good word to legislators. The audience laughed.”
Defending Water comments.……..
So what non-profits in Maine are taking money from Nestle besides Nature Conservancy?

UPDATE: VICTORY! UN Voting 7/28 on Right to Water

The UN took an historic vote on July 28 when it passed a resolution introduced by Bolivia on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation.  Thanks to all  who left messages for the Ambassador and/or signed the Credo petition.  The resolution got 122 votes in favor, 41 abstentions including the US, and did not get any no votes. The U.S. did not succeed in watering down the resolution, but joined 40 other countries (list below), including Great Britain and Canada, in abstaining. Continue reading

Activist Alert: Nestle Again Goes after Spring Water in Wells

Staff Writer

Poland Spring and the water district that serves Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells are close to striking a deal that would allow the company to draw water from one of the district’s underground springs, although a fledgling group of opponents hopes to delay the process. Continue reading

Protect Our Water

At a recent meeting in Ellsworth’s City Hall sponsored by the Lamoine Conservation Commission, a 2009 film called “Tapped,” about huge problems with bottled water, was shown. Concerned with the stubbornness of corporations in our daily lives, I was worried that a big company could drain “my aquifer” and leave me wicked thirsty. I learned enough to make me wicked worried! Continue reading