More on Nestle’s Proposed Cascade Locks Bottling Plant

Inevitably, early media coverage of proposed Nestle plants is positive – a reflection of the company’s habit of quietly working to court small towns before the general public is aware of their presence.

In this case, the reporter gets it partially right – Nestle has been having a tough time finding towns willing to partner with it (apparently its reputation precedes it).

Still, the suggests the reception accorded the company has been “anything but hostile” – yet if you read the comments beneath the story (there are 54 of them), an overwhelming majority are hostile to the proposed plant (which will bring 110 trucks per day through the town’s single entrance).

In the reader poll, 84% voted “no” to the Nestle project.

Nestle eyes Columbia Gorge spring to bottle water –

When it comes to getting rights to bottle spring water in pristine places in the West, Nestle Waters North America has had some tough going of late.

Enumclaw, Wash., said no thanks last summer, citing environmental concerns. Nestle dropped attempts in two other Washington towns, Black Diamond and Orting, on logistical grounds.
Scott Learn/The OregonianThe spring that would supply a potential Nestle Waters bottling plant in Cascade Locks pops out at three wooded spots on a hill just above a state of Oregon fish hatchery.

And Nestle’s efforts in McCloud, Calif., near Mt. Shasta, have sparked a 6-year battle, with California’s attorney general railing last year at the evils of shipping and selling water in petroleum-based plastic bottles.

But Nestle’s latest proposal for its first Northwest bottling plant is for Cascade Locks, in the verdant Columbia Gorge, where the logistics appear favorable — and the reception has been anything but hostile.

It appears that Nestle Waters of North America no longer has the ability to sneak in under the radar – every project is fast becoming a battle for the Swiss multinational.

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6 thoughts on “More on Nestle’s Proposed Cascade Locks Bottling Plant

  1. I tried to post the following comment on the katu website. Could never get it to post as it always timed out. I wonder if they did not want many comments.

    “Check out the posts at the blog They you can find out what Nestle does in small town America. Or watch the trailer at Read the preface to the book Water Follies. Read Bottlemania by Elizabeth Royte. See what has been happening in McCloud CA. Read the economic development report that was released on the impacts in McCloud. Here’s the link to the report,

    And when the towns don’t agree, Nestles changes processes in the small town that have been in place for decades. Still no agreement, then Nestle sues, over and over and over again.

    And don’t forget, Nestle Pure Life brand is a flavor profile from Pakistan. Nestle, no matter where they bottle it, strips out the minerals, and builds the flavor profile to that of the original brand.”

  2. A lot of online software automatically sequesters comments containing large numbers of links (assuming its spam). Perhaps that’s what happened.

    The discussion on the site seems more robust, and given that none of us – unlike Nestle – can afford to advocate fulltime, I was focusing my time there.

    Frankly, Cascade Locks already appears to be factionalized due to prior land use & business issues, so Nestle is going to have a field day there.

    Given that a clear element of their playbook is to split towns into “us” vs “them” groups, they’re already halfway there.

  3. Lol, not a single person arguing this as said how much WATER NESTLE IS INTENDING TO USE. 250 gal. per minute… from a spring that puts out 3,000 gal per minute, and this is just one of many springs in cascade locks. The average rainfall is over 70+ inches a year. And yet everyone talks about how much nestle depleted mcclouds resources and didnt give back to the community, even if nestle hires 0 locals for the job the 20 million in property taxes a year more than quintuple the entire towns tax revenue. All your arguments r of false bases, look at the real facts, this town is in desperate need of financial help because our own city administrator and mayor spend the towns money on paying city workers way to much money. and the only opponent that lives in this town isn’t even from here, shes only lived here 4 years and knows relatively nothing about the towns history, my great grandfather was mayor here 55 years ago, i have lived here almost my entire life, i work here and i am not unemployed, i do not work for the city because i am no longer related to anyone working their and they only hire family and friends, not people qualified for a job (which nestle will do because they r an EOE). Stop asking people that are not from here what they think, who cares, they don’t live here, we have more than enough water resources to handle a population of 10,000. which we don’t have the land to support that many people. In all reality if nestle really does try to screw us, even though I think the city has a well laid out plan to gain substantially, if nestle really does screw us, we will sue the crap out of them like very other city has had to do. Which is why our plan is so damn detailed to being with.

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