by Keith Matheny and Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press
Nestlé Waters North America’s plans to increase its Michigan groundwater withdrawal by more than 2 1/2 times would unravel an accord reached with environmentalists seven years ago that was aimed at protecting the water table and wildlife.
Nestlé announced a $36-million expansion at its Ice Mountain bottling operations in Stanwood, in Mecosta County, on Oct. 31. The addition of two water-bottling lines — the first to begin operation next spring; the […]
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On May 12 after a nearly 4 year battle, Fryeburg, Maine lost its appeal in the Maine Supreme Court to Nestle Waters North America, confirming the Maine Public Utility Commission’s initial approval of a 45 year contract for the bottled water giant to mine water from the small White Mountain community, despite overwhelming opposition among area residents.
For more information on this battle and the court case, follow#WaterJustice #WaterIsLife #Nestle #Water, like Continue reading Nestle: A Defeat and a Victory
Update: COURT RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 1
MAINE’S GROUNDWATER: Day of Reckoning on March 1, 2016. Come bear witness – this is it!
The Maine Supreme Court will be hearing final oral arguments at the Cumberland County Courthouse (205 Newbury St Portland, ME 04101) regarding the 45 year contract between Nestlé and the Fryeburg Water Company on Tuesday March 1 at 1:30pm. Be sure to arrive early as you will have to pass through security to enter the courtroom.Over 3 years […]
Continue reading COURT RESCHEDULED! Maine’s Groundwater: Day of Reckoning NOW March 1, 2016
from Nickie Seckera of Community Water Justice
August 31, 2014
Hello everyone, Update from Western Maine –
It pleases me to hear that gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud has vocalized a lack of support for an East-West Corridor. YES. Michaud has however expressed interest in exploring / supporting rail options for the transport of natural resources. Here is Western Maine, things are becoming more serious now in discussions of resurrecting the Mountain Division rail line from Montreal to Portland through […]
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | By Naomi Schalit ©Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting
A conflict over ethics between Gov. Paul LePage and a member of the state’s Public Utilities Commission has been settled in the short term, but threatens to produce more controversy over the long term.
The conflict was resolved when Gov. Lepage recently appointed former Superior Court Judge John Atwood to substitute for commission member David Littell on a high-profile case […]
Continue reading LePage, utilities commissioner conflict over PUC recusal standards
Nestle leads the way as… Companies proclaim water the next oil in a rush to turn resources into profit
Mammoth companies are trying to collect water that all life needs and charge for it as they would for other natural resources
….This summer, however, myriad business forces are combining to remind us that fresh water isn’t necessarily or automatically a free resource. It could all too easily end up becoming just another economic commodity.
At the forefront of this firestorm […]
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Back in 2011, we were made aware of this article which links the World Bank with several transnational corporate entities, including Nestle, to private water worldwide, but especially targeting countries with a lower socioeconomic status. I was then informed by an expert source that it was not being spearheaded by the World Bank, but rather the World Economic Forum.
Then the other day, Nickie Seckera of Community Water Justice, who has been resisting Nestle’s expanding empire over the […]
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Mainebiz – Monday, January 27, 2014
Sales of bottled water are on track to top those of carbonated soft drinks by 2020, driven by health-conscious, on-the-go consumers. That thirst for water has cascaded throughout the country over the past two decades. Maine alone has 18 bottled water plants. Perrier bought Poland Spring in 1980 when the Maine-based operation was almost bankrupt, and then Nestlé purchased Perrier in 1992. Nestlé sells Poland Spring, Perrier, S. Pellegrino, Pure Life and Arrowhead among […]
Continue reading Maine’s Bottled Water Industry Taps into $11.8 Billion Dollar Trend.
Portland Press Herald Oct. 15, 2013
The chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission has recused himself from a controversial case involving the owner of Poland Spring water and the family-controlled utility in Fryeburg that supplies it with water. Thomas Welch’s recusal effectively suspends the case of Nestle Waters North America, because the PUC now lacks the required quorum to make a ruling. The commission will be unable to make a decision until a commissioner retires or the Legislature approves […]
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