SeaCoast Online, October 08, 2009
- Water extraction no benefit to Wells
- Ordinance is a license to steal
- Star in Poland Spring’s pocket?
The Ogunquit Select Board is reaching out to Wells, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport in an effort to better understand the local battle of water rights.
The board, during a Sept. 15 meeting, approved sending three letters asking officials in each town to enter into a joint-showing of the documentary “Tapped,” a film featuring local water activists and the debate over bottled water and large-scale water extraction in southern Maine.
By Steve Bodnar, Seacoast Online
The Board of Selectmen on Sept. 1 voted 4-1 to put before voters an ordinance that would regulate how much water a company like Poland Spring is allowed to withdraw. The Tuesday night vote put the so-called regulatory large-scale water extraction ordinance, which was developed to protect water resources in town, on the Nov. 3 ballot.
By Steve Bodnar, SeacoastOnline, Aug. 6, 2009
WELLS — Two ordinances written to define who has rights to water — and how much of it — have been at the center of debate in town for months.
However, after one was rejected by voters in May, town officials now only are mulling the other plan: “An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 145 (Land Use) of the Code of the Town of Wells to Regulate the Large Scale Pumping or Extraction of Groundwater, Spring Water, and/or Water From Aquifers Within the Town of Wells.”
Large-Scale Water Extraction, by Leah Rachin, attorney with Bergen & Parkinson
Over 250 people packed the Waterville (ME) Opera House for the World Premiere of “Tapped” on Sunday, July 12. Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottle water.
Grassroots organizations from Fryeburg, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Wells, Shapleigh and Newfield celebrated before the film with the Tapped production team.
Photos – All photos copyright V. Kelly Bellis; can be freely used with proper credit. High-resolution pictures are available upon request.
Local Water Activists Speak Out – Independent video
“Tapped” audience reactions – Independent video
News Video – WCSH-TV, Portland
The newly upgraded Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District website at www.kkw.org includes a stream gauge of Branch Brook, allowing real-time viewing of the flow rate. Branch Brook has been in the news in the past year because of Poland Spring’s interest in bottling water from the aquifer. Water district trustees are no longer considering the proposed sale of water to the company.
Other sections of the Web site have also been expanded and upgraded.
[Adapted from Portland Press Herald, article of July 6, 2009.]
To the Editor (Seacoast Online, published June 11, 2009)
Selectmen stifle woman’s right to speak
Last evening, June 3, at a Wells Board of Selectmen meeting, many citizens gathered to express their concerns on water extraction from Wells. Concerns varied, but the tone of concern seemed to indicate that many citizens of Wells would prefer to prohibit, not just regulate, large-scale water extraction.
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