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Press Release: Citizens Reject Wells Water Extraction Ordinance (“No” to Nestle)

Press Release
November 3,2009

Contact: Jamilla El-Shafei,organizer for Save Our Water and The Branch Brook Aquifer Coalition (email: jamillaelshafei@gmail.com)
Contact: Jean Foss, spokesperson for Protect Wells Water and member of The Branch Brook Aquifer Coalition (email: jeanfoss@earthlink.net)

Wells voters rejected a water extraction ordinance 3,194 no to 1,420 yes.

Jamilla El-Shafei, organizer for Save Our Water, a water justice organization which includes residents from Wells, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport,Ogunquit and Biddeford, who organized the opposition along with Protect Wells Water said “In spite of the Nestle Waters Corporation spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to influence the vote in Wells, the citizens are standing up to protect their water from corporate exploitation and sending a message: No to large scale water extraction and No to Nestle!

We are hoping that the State of Maine takes notice and that our legislators put water in the public trust.”

“Presently, surface water and ground water are regulated under two different bodies of law, yet they are part of the same hydrological cycle. We need to have one law which protects our water, the state’s most precious resource and place it in the public trust.”

Jean Foss, spokesperson for Protect Wells Water said “Rejection of the Wells ordinance, question #1, makes clear that the people of Wells do not want large scale water extraction. By this decision Wells groundwater remains fully available to the homes and local businesses that depend on it. Wells voters can credit themselves for turning out in numbers to vote on a critical and confusing issue.

Future assaults on our aquifers are likely as water becomes scarce. Citizens are concerned and increasingly well informed. They rightfully demand that our laws, both state and local adequately defend people’s access to clean and abundant water.”

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: jamillaelshafei@gmail.com
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.

Additional Information:

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.