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San Francisco Largest City to Ban Water Bottles

MARCH 5, 2014 San Francisco Examiner JOSHUA SABATINI

Chiu addressing the media

Plastic containers will be forbidden to be sold on public property in move toward zero-waste goal

San Francisco became the first major city Tuesday to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on public property, building on a nationwide effort to curb the billion-dollar industry.

The nine-months-in-the-making proposal by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu navigated through a number of challenging issues, from the city’s drinking [...]

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Concrete, Wash., Turns Down Bottler’s Request to Buy Town’s Water

By Kimberly Cauvel | Jan. 28, 2014

CONCRETE — The town decided Monday to turn down Niagara Bottling’s interest in purchasing its pristine water, partly to protect the town’s ongoing relationship with another bottling company and partly because of a lack of detail in Niagara’s request.

An LTI Inc. driver fills two trailers with water from the town’s well in April 2011. LTI transports the water to Advanced H20 in Burlington for bottling. [...]

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Free Groundwater for Nestle is One of Many Corporate Give-Aways of Water in BC

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In fact Nestle’s operation is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to industries that are taking advantage of BC’s outdated water laws.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 [...]

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Tethys Enterprises Terminates Water Contract with Anacortes

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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Mayor Maxwell & Tethys Enterprises Secretly Negotiate

Oct. 2, 2013

Anacortes, WA

Skagit County

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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Skagit County Advances Tethys Bottling Plant

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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Anacortes mayor’s debate focuses on proposed Tethys bottling plant

Skagit Valley Herald Mount Vernon, Wash.

Friday, July 12, 2013

ANACORTES MAYOR

Anacortes mayor’s debate focuses on jobs, Tethys

By MARK STAYTON

ANACORTES — The four candidates for Anacortes’ mayoral seat offered their views on strategic planning, economic development and the Tethys water bottling plant proposal Thursday afternoon during their second debate leading up to the Aug. 6 primary election.

Hosted by the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, the debate focused largely on how candidates Brian Geer, Mitch Everton, [...]

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Defending Water in the Skagit Basin March Newsletter

Defending Water in the Skagit Basin March 2013 Newsletter- click to view PDF

Defending Water in the Skagit Basin, an arm of Defending Water in Washington presents this March 2013 newsletter featuring a Tethys Enterprises Beverage Bottling Plant Site Update. We hope this information provides insight to the impact that the plant will have on Fidalgo Island and surrounding Skagit County Communities. [...]

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Anacortes/A town in-between

Sandra Spargo, Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin, Anacortes, Wash.

Dec. 12, 2012

Will Anacortes’ push for manufacturing jobs on Fidalgo Island take us back to the future, when mills of many kind lined the Anacortes waterfront in the 1900s? A town in-between by local author William Dietrich was published in the Seattle Times’ Pacific Northwest Magazine on Feb. 20, 2005. The article’s excerpts include the following: With its industrial legacy and recreational future, Anacortes remains confused about where [...]

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Meet the 13-Year-Old Taking On Bottled Water

AlterNet/By Maude Barlow, published Sept. 6, 2012 We should be encouraging the youth in our society to do exactly what Robyn is doing — engaging in local politics, acting to protect the environment and questioning the world around her. In the last year, municipalities across Ontario and the rest of the country have begun taking a much-needed stand to protect local water sources. Since World Water Day in 2011, nine municipalities across Canada have become Blue [...]

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