The WaterWealth Project
Posted by Sheila Muxlow, Campaign Director 594.20wc on August 16, 2013 Despite the fact that Nestle never applied for a license to access the water and is draining the size of a small lake each year, they are not breaking the law. In fact Nestle’s operation is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to industries that are taking advantage of BC’s outdated water laws. Beyond bottled water, industries like mining, agriculture and natural [...]
Continue reading Free Groundwater for Nestle is One of Many Corporate Give-Aways of Water in BC
The Water Wealth Project
Posted by Larry Commodore, 229wc., on Aug. 29, 2013
As is so often the case here in BC when controversy arises concerning land and resources, many non-natives rally to the cry that it is “our” resources or it’s “public land” that’s at stake.
To some First Nations, this, at best, is met with puzzlement; how did my People’s traditional land and resources become something that belongs to all British Columbians?
A case in point [...]
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Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.
Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013 6:15 am | Updated: 1:38 pm, Thu Oct 3, 2013.
By Mark Stayton
ANACORTES — Tethys Enterprises recently terminated its water contract with Anacortes, cutting the last ties to a long and controversial project to build a 1 million square-foot bottling plant there.
Tethys notified Anacortes that it would stop pursuing the proposed plant on Sept. 9, Anacortes Mayor Dean Maxwell said previously.
In a letter dated Oct. 1 [...]
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Oct. 2, 2013
Anacortes taxpayers paid $48,139.49 to Foster Pepper of Seattle to write the 2010 Tethys-City of Anacortes water agreement that contains no termination clause for either Tethys or the City of Anacortes.
Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin learned yesterday that Tethys Enterprises and Mayor Maxwell/Foster Pepper have been secretly negotiating the termination of the 2010 Water Agreement. Two Anacortes city council members learned about negotiations yesterday. Maxwell is yet to inform [...]
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Sept. 28, 2013
Council Member Ryan Walters, Council Member Eric Johnson, Council Member Cynthia Richardson, Council Member Erica Pickett, Council Member Brad Adams, Council Member Brian Geer,Council Member Bill Turner
Dear Council Members:
The muddlement of the City of Anacortes-Tethys Enterprises water agreement stands for a city process gone wrong during this mayoral and city council election. Now is the time to rekindle citizen trust by voting to terminate the Tethys water agreement in writing.
The city [...]
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A letter of request to the Anacortes City Council for a written termination of the Tethys Enterprises water agreement that would have resulted in a one-million-square-foot bottling plant–the largest in North America–entitled up to five million gallons of water per day. Tethys CEO Steve Winter withdrew from the agreement and moved to Ireland.
TO: Council Member Ryan Walters, Council Member Eric Johnson, Council Member Cynthia Richardson, Council Member Erica Pickett, Council Member Brad Adams, Council Member Brian [...]
Continue reading Anacortes Election to Induce City Council Members to Terminate Water Agreement?
Anacortes American Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Tethys’ pullout draws mixed response BY KIMBERLY JACOBSON
Reactions are mixed to the announcement last week that Tethys Enterprises backed out of its plans for a bottling facility on the island.
Some residents were pleased the proposed 1-million-square-foot plant is off the table while others are lamenting the potential jobs lost. But all are looking to the future and how Anacortes could plan to best utilize the property — and how to attract a [...]
Continue reading Tethys’ Pullout of Bottling Plant Draws Mixed Response
By Bellamy Pailthorp
Western Washington University [Bellingham, Wash.] is poised to become the largest public university in the country to ban sales of bottled water. The school joins Evergreen State College and Seattle University in making the move.
For many young environmentalists, saying no to bottled water and yes to public taps is an easy choice and a cause they can get passionate about.
That’s certainly the case for Carolyn Bowie, co-president of Students for [...]
Continue reading WWU to Become Largest Public University in the U.S. to Ban Bottled Water
The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.
Pierce County officials announced Wednesday that California-based Niagara Bottling LLC has plans to develop a $50 million, 311,000-square-foot bottling plant on 18 acres at the privately owned Randles Business Park in the Frederickson Industrial Area.
BY C.R. ROBERTS AND KATHLEEN COOPER; STAFF WRITERS Published: June 27, 2013 at 12:14 a.m. PDT — Updated: June 27, 2013 at 12:14 p.m. PDT
Pierce County officials announced Wednesday that California-based Niagara Bottling LLC has plans to develop a [...]
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Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash. Wed., July 30, 2013 Anacortes land expansion to be reviewed
By KATE MARTIN
MOUNT VERNON — Anacortes’ proposal to expand its city boundaries to accommodate a beverage bottling plant has passed one of several administrative hurdles, despite reservations by one county commissioner. Skagit County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to review the city of Anacortes’ proposal, which includes incorporating and rezoning 11.2 acres southwest of the intersection of Reservation and Stevenson roads into the city’s [...]
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