Once again, Nestle Waters finds itself accused of poor public process – this time Nestle Waters of Canada is charged with hiding plans for a backup well from citizens. From the Wellington Advertiser:
The company announced its new plans for a well on Gilmour Road at a public information session on Nov. 3 at Springfield Golf and Country Club on Gordon Street.
Yet several councillors took exception to advertising for the event, as well as letters sent to Gilmour Road residents, neither of which mentioned the plans for a secondary well. They say if that information was included, far more than a dozen people would have attended that meeting.
“The public trust is washing away faster than water can flow out of one of your bottles,” councillor Matthew Bulmer said sternly. He agreed with fellow councillor Susan Fielding the ads were very “ambiguous” and said the letters to residents were even less helpful.
Letters were sent to Gilmour Road residents the day before the meeting and neither the township nor the members of the newly established well protection committee – Bulmer, resident Dianne Paron, and Alan Dale of the Grand River Conservation Authority – were among the recipients.
“I’m concerned you’re trying to wiggle out of a very basic responsibility,” Bulmer said.
That Nestle stands accused of trying to sneak one past residents isn’t exactly news; they’ve been accused of the same thing in McCloud, Fryeburg, Sacramento, Mecosta County (MI), Florida, Wells/Kennebunk (ME), parts of Canada, and a whole host of other places.
While Nestle’s “good corporate citizen” routine is a regular part of its act, a closer look at the company’s actions belies the claim.