After Nestle Waters was unceremoniously kicked out of Enumclaw (after a citizen uprising), the company turned to he nearby communities of Orting and Black Diamond.
Now it appears that Nestle has ended talks with the town of Black Diamond, leaving us to speculate about the tiny town of Cascade Locks (OR), where Nestle was interested in a bottling plant (via the Enumclaw Courier-Herald):
Nestlé has been in discussions with the city of Black Diamond for a number of months, exploring the possibility of establishing a spring water bottling plant and becoming a commercial customer of Black Diamond’s spring water, but in a letter sent to the city of Black Diamond Thursday, the company has decided not to continue its pursuit there.
At this point, we can’t possibly know why Nestle abandoned their plans, though I suspect we’ll be hearing more about Nestle’s plans in the Northwest soon.
After being unceremoniously shown the door by the Washington town of Enumclaw, Nestle has turned to the nearby town of Orting, proposing a water bottling plant there.
Based on the story published in Tacoma’s News Tribune, one member of the city council is already making “yes” noises while another is cautious about a deal with Nestle (does this sound familiar?):
Councilman Dick Ford said he’s concerned about Orting giving away its spring water, which he said is a precious natural resource the town should safeguard for future generations.
“It was under our parents’ and our grandparents’ stewardship, and now it’s under our stewardship,” Ford said. “It was passed to us, and we ought to protect it and pass it on.”
Unfortunately, he’s facing the same Nestle talking points that have worked so effectively in other communities: Nestle gets the water essentially for free by dangling the possibility of a few jobs – the best-paying of which will be filled by out-of-area workers.
The plant would employ 53 people, as well as create 42 to 58 other jobs that would support the facility, Kemp said.
“That’s essentially money that could stay in Orting,” Kemp told the City Council on Wednesday.
First, let’s be clear; the profits realized from the extraction of Orting’s water exit the community faster than you can say “multinational corporation.”
I put a call into the reporter who wrote the story, which doesn’t mention any opposition to the plant outside of the lone city councilman.
We’ll bring you more on Orting as we hear it.
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