Letter From Save Our Water in Maine
Protest Nestle Lawyers writing Wells Regulatory Ordinance at the Wells Select Board’s Meeting
Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30pm
Activists and allies will meet in front of the Wells Town Hall on rt#109, for a protest.
At 7:00pm, we will go into the Town Hall for the Select Board Meeting to voice our outrage about the Nestle lawyers writing the Wells Town Ordinance and the corruption of the Ordinance writing process.
Contact: Jamilla El-Shafei cell: 603.969.8426 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organized by SoH2o Save Our Water www.soh2o.org in solidarity with P.O.W.W.
At the Wells Ordinance Review Committee Meeting, Nestle/Poland Springs resource manager Mark DuBois and lawyer Philip Ahrens from Pierce Atwood addressed the O.R.C. with their changes of the Wells Water Regulatory Ordinance which is being proposed. That happened, in spite of the fact, that the ORC would not allow “public comment” from anyone outside of the town of Wells.
Who gave Nestle the ordinance and why? Who is really writing the ordinance- the Ordinance Review Committee from Wells, OR Nestle? Will the Wells Select Board take a stand and represent the citizens?
The people who reside in the region of the Branch Brook Aquifer and KKW Water District have clearly stated that although they did not want a rights-based ordinance, they do NOT want to sell their water to Nestle. The Wells Select Board is supposed to represent the citizens, so we are asking “will they continue to allow the ORC to get assistance from the Nestle Corporation in crafting language for the ordinance?”
We do know from experience, that when there was a contract on the table between Nestle and the KKW Water District, that it was one-sided and written by the Nestle lawyers and pitted the citizens against the water district. Will the proposed ordinance be detrimental to landowners with wells, if there are problems when Nestle mines water? Must the town of Wells side with Nestle in event of a lawsuit, as was the case in the proposed contract with the KKW Water District. The proposed contract between Nestle and the KKW Water District can be found on the web site of www.soh2o.org
It is but one of many examples which demonstrates that Nestle calls the shots in each community where they operate.
This will surely be a heated meeting! We hope that the media will join us and shed light on the corruption which has been taking place in Wells.
It appears that Nestle has funded the Wells Chamber of Commerce’s attack on the rights-based ordinance, on Save Our Water and on me personally, in an effort to discredit the Water Justice Movement and to advance their Water Mining Agenda. Three out of five Select Board members have been actively promoting Nestle, in spite of overwhelming public opinion which indicated that citizens do NOT want to sell water from the Branch Brook Aquifer the multi-national corporation.