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
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 […]
Continue reading Rail / Water ties with Nestle: update from Western ME
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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
By Jim Johnson. Crossposted from Monterey County Herald
A citizens group in Monterrey is putting forward a ballot that would require the water district to draw up plans for taking water services back into public hands. Services are controlled currently by private company California American Water. Their exorbitant profits and mismanagement, including a failed desalination project and an expensive dam removal, have led to growing anger against the company and provide an opportunity to put water back under […]
Continue reading Monterey citizens group eyes ballot measure for public buyout of private water company
All three PUC commissioners and Maine’s public advocate have ties to Poland Spring’s parent company, which is seeking a 25-year contract.
By Colin Woodard firstname.lastname@example.org | September 3, 2013 | Portland Press Herald
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FRYEBURG – When the Maine Public Utilities Commission this week takes up a controversial 25-year contract between the company that owns the Poland Spring brand and the family-controlled utility that supplies its water, it will do so under troubling and unprecedented […]
Continue reading For regulators and Nestle Waters, conflict by the gallon
Vacaville’s The Reporter printed the following editorial that reinforced some of the arguments we have been making against the ill-conceived Bay Delta Plan,, although the proposed solution of desalinization is not a good one:
Editorial: Delta Plan Misses Main Point
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan took a dramatic turn last week, acknowledging some of the concerns of Delta farmers by re-routing a proposed massive tunnel system to affect a smaller area and stay mostly on public land.
Continue reading The Reporter editorial: Delta Plan misses main point
In an excellent blog on scienceblog.com, Peter Gleick argues that the plethora of stories of droughts, dropping reservoir levels and irrational water engineering projects point to the need to:
acknowledge that we’ve reached peak water in the American west. We have promised more water to users than nature provides. Until demand and supply are brought back into balance, groundwater levels will continue to drop and our rivers will continue to run dry, destroying natural ecosystems. Agree that there are […]
Continue reading Peak water in the American West
An article by David Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle, Acidizing could rival fracking in the Monterrey Shale, has pointed to a growing practice of using powerful acids to dissolve rock and free petroleum within. In addition to the high volume of water that is frequently used, it poses yet another dangerous risk to groundwater from contamination. As usual the companies refuse to reveal what acids are used and how.
Continue reading Acid joins water as contaminants in planned fracking boom
By Terry Winckler: There are few victories sweeter and more dramatic than the one just wrested by Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman and his tribal allies in a Fresno, California courtroom last week. They did nothing less than save an entire run of chinook salmon from a corporate grab of the water needed by those fish to survive their spawning run up the Klamath/Trinity rivers system.
The drama–and believe me, it was a mix of theater, unexpected turnarounds, and life-or-death arguments–climaxed […]
Continue reading Let the river flow: victory for indigenous people and salmon