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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Despite city’s assurances, shortages loom in the future
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9:41 PM
Reader Commentary, Anacortes American Wednesday, April 24, 2012
BY ROSS O. BARNES Anacortes, Wash.
The City of Anacortes’ 55 million gallons per day of continuous and 11 million gallons per day of interruptible Skagit River water rights are recognized as a principal water supply resource in Skagit County that will be increasingly called on to supply the future needs [...]
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Anacortes American, Feb. 27, 2013
In response to the City Council and others’ injudicious resolve to continue moving forward with the Tethys proposal, I ask that we consider the following:
Water is Earth’s most vital resource. The next world war will be over water rights. Scientists have already predicted which countries will run out of water first and the mass exodus that will follow.
Can you imagine entire countries void of human life because there [...]
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Jennifer is a student at Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, Wash.
By Jennifer Fenswick
Here’s the Problem in a Nutshell
First things first; let’s take a look at plastic – what it is, how it’s made, and what it’s made of. Very simply put, plastic starts out as crude oil. The oil undergoes a process called “cracking” where the various hydrocarbons in the oil are separated. Polymers, stabilizers, resins, and a host of other chemicals, [...]
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012, The Anacortes American Letters to the Editor Huge bottling plant threatens our quality of life How will one of the largest water bottling plants just off Highway 20 on Reservation Road help the people of Skagit Valley? The land will be located within the Anacortes city limits, gracing them with tax revenues. Jobs have been promised, though unlikely there will be many. This appears to be municipality business; after all, it is, or will be, [...]
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Anacortes American, Sept. 28, 2011
Addressed to Mayor Dean Maxwell and the Anacortes City Council
Anacortes to Tethys: No Deal
There has been a lack of due process and due diligence on the part of Anacortes city government regarding its contract with the Tethys water bottling plant project.
Tethys is a negative proposition for good business in Anacortes. Records of other water bottling plants show that the number of jobs Tethys promises is not reliable. The actual [...]
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Tethys Jobs and Wages
I question the assertion that the proposed Tethys bottling plant will employ 500 workers with an average wage of $48,000 and fringe benefits of 30 percent. These figures are substantially reduced from Tethys original estimate from a year ago of 1000 jobs with an average salary of $59,000. The Food and Water Watch organization stated that in 2006 there were 628 bottling plants in America that employed fewer than 15,000 [...]
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Skagit Valley Herald
Jan. 12, 2011
The city of Anacortes and Tethys Enterprises signed a 30-year contract with two five-year renewal options to build a water-intensive industrial site that will swallow up to 5 million gallons of Skagit River water per day. Tethys will contract with outside companies to manufacture food and bottled water, sodas, teas and juices on a minimal 30-acre site in a 1 million square-foot building. Environmental questions remain unanswered, including plastic nurdles formed to contain food [...]
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