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Nestlé bottled-water company seeks to take more Michigan water

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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Obama’s New Infrastructure Plan Would Worsen Our Water System Woes

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January 16, 2015

Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter

Washington, D.C. — “Today the Obama administration announced a slew of proposals that will endanger our water systems by promoting and facilitating the management of critical drinking water resources by companies that often have a poor track record. Through the creation of a new Water Finance Center at the […]

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The Indiana Toll Road and the Dark Side of Privately Financed Highways

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | by and | Streetsblog USA

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This is the first post in a three-part series on the Indiana Toll Road and the use of private finance to build and maintain highways. Part two takes a closer look at how Australian firm Macquarie manages its infrastructure assets. Continue reading The Indiana Toll Road and the Dark Side of Privately Financed Highways

Veolia Water Company Slams into Detroit

BY | SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 | Global Justice Ecology Project

The city of Detroit’s state appointed emergency manager has hired the notorious Veolia North America, the American subsidiary of the equally notorious Veolia Environment, headquartered in Paris. Veolia, one of the leading privatizers of water systems in the world and Veolia North America has colonized American cities, especially those located on […]

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Federal report gauges U.S. impacts of global warming

Doyle Rice, USA TODAY 12:06 p.m. EDT May 6, 2014

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Global warming is affecting where and how Americans live and work, and evidence is mounting that burning fossil fuels has made extreme weather such as heat waves and heavy precipitation much more likely in the USA, according to a massive federal report released Tuesday at the White House.

 

“Climate change is here and now, and not in some distant time or […]

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NEW MEXICO: County defends its fracking ban as it declares corporations aren’t people

Monday, November 18, 2013 | Energy Wire, an E&E Publishing Service | Mike Lee, E&E reporter

A fracking ban in a swath of rural New Mexico has led to a federal lawsuit involving the Constitution, the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, indigenous water rights, the treaty that ended the Mexican War of 1848 and one of the best-known oil-drilling families in the state.

It could be a precursor to disputes around the country as local governments attempt to ban drilling […]

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TransCanada Has Already Had To Fix 125 Dents and Sags in Southern Keystone Pipeline

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Synthetic crude oil hasn’t yet entered the southern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline, but a report releasedTuesday by non-profit consumer rights group Public Citizen says the pipes are already bending, sagging and peeling to the point of a possible spill or leakage of toxic tar sands.

Drawing on the accounts of landowners, citizens and former workers of TransCanada, the report documents alleged construction problems and engineering code violations along the Texas portion of […]

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A New Civil Rights Movement: Liberating Our Communities from Corporate Control: A Pennsylvania Judge Holds That Corporations Are Not “Persons”

It’s back: Texas in ‘Super Highway’ deal with Spain

WND Politics | December 29, 2012 | Jerome R. Corsi

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NEW YORK – Believe it or not, the Trans-Texas Corridor is back.

Very quietly, Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT, signed in October a comprehensive development agreement to construct a toll-road redevelopment of Interstate 35 north of downtown Fort Worth.

TxDOT signed the 50-year deal with NTE Mobility Partners Segments 3 LLC, a U.S.-based wholly-owned subsidiary of Cintra, […]

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Nestle Peddling tap Water As Spring Water, Suit Claims

By Gavin Broady

Law360, New York (October 11, 2012, 1:36 PM ET) — Nestle Waters North America Inc. has been selling bottles of municipal tap water and falsely marketing it to consumers as 100 percent natural, spring-sourced water, according to a putative class action removed to Illinois federal court Wednesday.

Plaintiff Chicago Faucet Shoppe Inc. claims that Nestle — which removed the suit to federal court — has falsely represented to consumers that 5-gallon bottles of Ice Mountain water […]

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