Tea Party Republican Governor Paul LePage of Maine just gave Nestlé control of Fryeburg’s groundwater supply for up to 45 years. This is the first time in U.S. history a contract has tied up local water resources for a long period of time. Activists are worried other states may follow this decision now.
My neighbors in Fryeburg, ME lost their appeal, no longer have control over their own groundwater. Boycott Nestle. pic.twitter.com/6i5qG3LSGh
— Fenbeast (@Fenbeast) May 13, 2016
“Contracts of this length come with an unprecedented concern in our current times,”Nickie Sekera, the co-founder of Community Water Justice said. “With the changes we are witnessing in our climate, increasing global water insecurity, and industry polluting freshwater resources with little accountability… corporate control over drinking water resources for profit aligns us on a collision course with local water security.”
Nestlé is known to take water from communities for billions of dollars in profit and then dumping the environmental costs onto the rest of society.