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Proposed Cascade Locks Water Bottling Plant Drawing Widespread Opposition (Nestle can’t be happy)

The proposed Nestle water bottling plant in Cascade Locks (the Colombia Gorge) is heating up again, and Nestle – perhaps the least-loved water bottling company on the planet – can’t be happy to see this:

The video caption:

On March 29, 2010, a coalition of environmental and social justice organizations, Keep Nestle Out of the Gorge, led by the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch, (www.fwwatch.org) launched a coordinated campaign to prevent Nestle Waters North America from opening a water bottling facility in Cascade Locks Oregon.

The coalition gathered at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) offices to speak out against the plant, and to then deliver petitions to the ODFW signed by 4,000 Oregonians who oppose the proposed facility. Keep Nestle Out of the Gorge opposes the deal because a bottled water facility would lead to the commodification of Oregons public water resources, and potentially jeopardize local wildlife, especially native salmon and steel head species.

2 comments

1 Lieberherr { 05.05.10 at 3:32 pm }

Who is to blame? Sorry, I only partially agree with your website. If the government are not able to provide fresh and drinkable tab water for each household, then I understand why a private company has entered this market niche. The government should be blamed, not Nestlé!

2 TC { 05.05.10 at 7:21 pm }

By and large, the government does provide clean, drinkable water. It’s the marketing campaigns by the bottled water companies suggesting tap water is somehow unsafe or tainted that has created a market that simply shouldn’t exist – not at anywhere near its current size.

And besides, this isn’t just about bottled water; it’s about Nestle’s really abysmal behavior in small rural towns.