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Nestle: Remove your test wells from Wildlife Management Area (letter)

Shapleigh citizens have spoken once again by banning large scale water extraction for resale outside of Shapleigh. By our vote on Saturday, February 28, 2009, we also rejected the Board of Selectmen’s support of Nestle Waters/Poland Springs over that of it’s citizens.

Residents have consistently made it clear that they want their Constitutional Rights to take precedence over a Swiss conglomerate (Nestle/Poland Springs). We believe Nestle/Poland Springs is completely and exclusively responsible for causing this year-long distress to our town’s […]

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Shapleigh voters have ‘won,’ for now

York County Journal Tribune, March 3, 2009

In seven minutes Saturday, the residents of Shapleigh made history.

Regardless of one’s views on industrial water extraction for commercial purposes, the 114 to 66 vote to establish Maine’s first rights-based ordinance was aggressive and remarkable.

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Proud to live in Shapleigh (letter)

We are so proud to be counted among Shapleigh’s Citizens, and especially among those voters that were at the Citizen’s Town Meeting this past Saturday, February 28, 2009.

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Shapleigh (ME) closes tap for water companies

Residents ignore the Board of Selectmen’s position and vote to stop Poland Spring – and others – from harvesting their water.

By Edward Murphy, Portland Press Herald (March 1, 2009)

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Maine towns justified in skepticism about Poland Spring (letter)

Portland Press Herald, February 16, 2009

After the citizens of Shapleigh overwhelmingly voted to deny Nestle the right to “test” for water on town-owned property, this newspaper weighed in with an editorial implicitly chiding citizens for their decision (“Poland Spring deserves its warm welcome,” Feb. 4).

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Keeping our aquifer to ourselves (letter)

By Barbara Britten in the Waterboro Reporter, February 12, 2009; also submitted to the Register and Biddeford Journal. Read letter to the Editor here.

"Water" (letter to the editor)

One can readily find information concerning the science, the economics, and the legalities of water extraction. Within each of these disciplines one can extract data supportive of one’s agenda, irrespective of which side of the argument he or she stands. It is also quite easy to locate historical information about the companies which extract water and how each has interacted with the local populations where the water is extracted. Again, the information comes in both positive and negative varieties. Maybe […]

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The Audacity of Democracy (letter to editor)

I honestly believe that when people enter into public life, they do so with the desire to make their community, county or state a better place in which to live. These people soon find themselves entangled in a jungle of legal paperwork, having to refer back and forth between sections, sub-paragraphs, and limiting titles of law, just to determine which authority governs on a particular topic. Asked to write ordinances and laws pertaining to subjects unfamiliar to them, these well […]

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Hidden Cost of Poland Spring's Bottling Operation (letter)

I am writing to express our concern regarding more trucks and traffic generated by Poland Spring. We have read with interest the articles regarding the legal battle that Western Maine Residents for Rural Living is fighting against more Poland Springs activity.

Almost all the publicity that we have seen is focused on Fryeburg and its immediate surrounding area. My husband and I live on Rte. 11, Steep Falls, Cumberland County. When Poland Springs tanker trucks are using this route […]

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New fronts in water extraction battles

By David Harry, Sanford-Springvale Register 1/22/2009

Although temperatures have rarely been warm enough to thaw it, water remains a hot topic in the New Year in York County. Specifically, questions on how to regulate commercial water extraction are the basis of a bill submitted by freshman legislator Ed Legg (D-Kennebunk), and the subject of a workshop scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28, by Shapleigh selectmen to consider creating a town ordinance.

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