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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-31-06 09:51 AM
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NJ Residents ready to fight Nestle(Nestle wants more of their well water)
WASHINGTON TWP. | Glenn Kerrigan listened patiently as Nestle Waters North America representatives explained the township's role in its bottled water operation. Then, after nearly three hours, he couldn't take any more. "I've sat here and listened to what Nestle can do for Nestle," Kerrigan said, shouting. "I'm asking you (township supervisors) as my representatives to defend my rights. It comes down to one thing: a dollar sign. How can Nestle make more money at my risk?"

He was met with a round of applause.

Representatives from Nestle, the Delaware River Basin Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection met with township supervisors Wednesday to discuss Nestle's request to draw an additional 4.8 million gallons from the Waltz Creek watershed each month. Nestle currently draws 11.7 million gallons a month.

Those who live near Nestle's pumping station on Delabole Road rely on well water and are worried the request, if approved by the DRBC, will leave them high and dry.

. . .

Nestle would not risk exhausting its water supply, Nestle representative Lauerman said.

"At no point will we go on and on and on until the water is gone," Lauerman said. "It doesn't make any sense."

http://www.nj.com/news/expresstimes/pa/index.ssf?/base/...

Nestle saying "Trust Us". Trying to make people believe Nestle couldn't just move their operations somewhere else when the water is gone.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-31-06 09:55 AM
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1. I would say Nestle has pushed too far. I'd revoke their water rights. n/t
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tech3149 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-31-06 10:38 AM
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2. Welcome to the next round of Water Wars
I have a friend living in the area and he's had to drill new wells twice in about 10 years. Companies who profit from the use of natural resources should pay appropriate fees to support the community.
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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-31-06 11:07 AM
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3. Corporations think they own all the resources
Our natural resources are used in their processes, or for dumping byproducts. Aquifers, rivers and lakes exist for corporations only, as water sources or as private sewers. They don't care if people use these water sources for drinking, fishing, swimming, boating, or any other purpose. The corporation's profit comes before anything else, including human life.

Our national forests exist only for logging, gas drilling, and coal mining. The coastal areas are solely for oil drilling, except where hotel corporations exploit them for gigantic tourist resorts for the rich.

The air exists only as a place to spew nitrous oxide, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, dioxins, carbon dioxide and other compounds that cause long and short term damage to living things.

Frankly, if these corporations continue unchecked, as the * Misadministration permits them to do, Earth will be nothing but a lifeless piece of rock.
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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-31-06 01:13 PM
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4. The benefit of having water
in pretty little bottles, wrapped in plastic on your grocers shelves. Ain't it wonderful!!!
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-31-06 03:31 PM
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5. We're dealing with this in Maine too
Unfortunately, there's nothing in law that prevents Nestle/Poland Spring from taking whatever they want from the aquafer under property they own. It sucks.

There was an effort to get a small fee per gallon of water applied. Nestle said if that happened they'd take their business out of the state. The fee deal never got enough signatures to get on the ballot.

I feel the big international megacorporation is sticking it to the small towns and their volunteer boards.
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