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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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Conflict over water rights in Ecuador

Indigenous people protest over water rights, as Ecuador’s government continues to ignore their demands.

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by Manuela Picq | July 16, 2014

Ecuador’s indigenous movement organised a 12-day march for water rights [Getty Images]

If you are going to pass unpopular legislation, you may as well do it while everyone is watching the World Cup. When Ecuadorians were focused on soccer, the government fast-tracked a new water law, endorsing the privatisation of water and permitting […]

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NASA Study Concludes When Civilization Will End, And It’s Not Looking Good for Us

Tom McKay March 18, 2014 , PolicyMic

Civilization was pretty great while it lasted, wasn’t it? Too bad it’s not going to for much longer. According to a new study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, we only have a few decades left before everything we know and hold dear collapses.

The report, written by applied mathematician Safa Motesharrei of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center along with a team of natural and social […]

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Cambridge voters reject ordinance that would have blocked east-west corridor development

By Grace Lommel, Special to the BDN, Posted March 06, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.

CAMBRIDGE, Maine — Voters rejected a proposed ordinance prohibiting land acquisition for transportation and distribution corridors within town boundaries by a vote of 63-29 at the annual town meeting on March 1. The ordinance would have blocked development of a proposed statewide east-west corridor through the Somerset County town. Read more:

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/03/06/news/piscataquis/cambridge-voters-reject-ordinance-that-would-have-blocked-east-west-corridor-development/?ref=regionpiscataquis

Charleston residents ‘pass over’ ordinance to block east-west highway

Bangor Daily News , Dec. 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, Maine — Even with extra chairs brought in, it was still standing room only at Saturday’s special town meeting, where residents voted to pass on considering a rights-based ordinance designed to stop the proposed east-west corridor.

The decision to pass over the proposed ordinance nullified it, town officials said.

“There is a flaw in the definition section,” Bob Lodato, one of the backers of the rights-based ordinance, informed those gathered at […]

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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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Charleston to Weigh Ordinance Blocking East West Corridor

Bangor Daily News, Nov. 12, 2013

Charleston residents overwhelmingly voted to renew a moratorium on development of a corridor for a proposed east-west highway last week, and soon the town will have the opportunity to vote on an ordinance to prohibit the corridor.

 

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A Struggle to Share the Truth about Rights Based Ordinances

Last week on November 2, Doug Thomas, the Republican Senator from Ripley, Maine, published a misleading and false Letter to the Editor in the Bangor Daily News that was warning local people from voting for these ordinances for reasons that are simply untrue. In response, many people who are very familiar with the Rights Based Ordinance and are trying to use them to elevate their rights above those of corporations and government to protect themselves from the East […]

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Nestle CEO argues that access to water is not a human right

Nestle’s CEO Peter Brabeck argues that water is not a human right but another foodstuff that needs to be priced and then goes on to say the overriding responsibility of a CEO is to make profits. And then he wonders why non-profit groups don’t want to leave decisions about our water the hands of profiteers?