Nestlé plan to take 1.1m gallons of water a day from natural springs sparks outcry — Opponents fighting to stop the project say the fragile river cannot sustain such a large draw

by User_Name13

But you already know, Nestle gonna Nestle.

Nestle doesn’t give a f*ck about this river or this community in Florida that depends on it, because to them, this river is just like every other river that they’ve drained to ensure their continued corporate profits.

The only difference is now the rivers that Nestle is draining are in the developed world, instead of just fucking over developing and 3rd world nations with corrupt leadership, like they have for so many decades.

That just goes to show how much the situation in America has declined with respect to corruption.

There used to be a time where Nestle was actually afraid of Americans and would be afraid of the backlash of pulling off something like this so brazenly.

But now all the multinational corporations around the world know that the American people are a joke, we don’t stand in solidarity with one another, we’ve allowed corporate media to divide us up along lines of race, religion, national origin, and then we act surprised when corporations think they can get away with murder here.

Does anyone here think that it’s any coincidence that all this divisive shit from corporate media got cranked into high gear right after Occupy Wall Street was taken down?

Occupy was the first major threat to the ruling establishment in this country since the anti-war movement of the 70’s, so the corporate media, I suspect working hand-in-hand with the CIA, started up Operation Mockingbird again, and have been weaponized against the American people to keep us all fighting among one another and keeping us from uniting against the ruling oligarchy like the Yellow Vests are doing now in France or the way the Left did with the Vietnam War in the 70’s in this country.

via theguardian:

The crystal blue waters of Ginnie Springs have long been treasured among the string of pearls that line Florida’s picturesque Santa Fe River, a playground for water sports enthusiasts and an ecologically critical haven for the numerous species of turtles that nest on its banks.

Soon, however, it is feared there could be substantially less water flowing through, if a plan by the food and beverage giant Nestlé wins approval.

In a controversial move that has outraged environmentalists and also raised questions with authorities responsible for the health and vitality of the river, the company is seeking permission to take more than 1.1m gallons a day from the natural springs to sell back to the public as bottled water.

Opponents say the fragile river, which is already officially deemed to be “in recovery” by the Suwannee River water management district after years of earlier overpumping, cannot sustain such a large draw – a claim Nestlé vehemently denies. Critics are fighting to stop the project as environmentally harmful and against the public interest.

Meanwhile, Nestlé, which produces its popular Zephyrhills and Pure Life brands with water extracted from similar natural springs in Florida, has spent millions of dollars this year buying and upgrading a water bottling plant at nearby High Springs in expectation of permission being granted.

The company needs the Suwannee River water management district to renew an expired water use permit held by a local company, Seven Springs, from which it plans to buy the water at undisclosed cost. Nestlé insists spring water is a rapidly renewable resource and promises a “robust” management plan in partnership with its local agents for long-term sustainability of its water sources.

Yet company officials concede in letters to water managers supporting the permit request that its plans would result in four times more water being taken daily than Seven Springs’ previously recorded high of 0.26m gallons for its customers before Nestlé.

“The facility is in process of adding bottling capacity and expects significant increase in production volumes equal to the requested annual average daily withdrawal volume of approximately 1.152m gallons,” George Ring, natural resources manager for Nestlé Waters North America, wrote in a June letter to the Suwannee district engineers.

Campaigners against Nestlé’s plan, who have set up an online forum and petition and submitted dozens of letters of opposition ahead of a decision that could come as early as November, say that environmental grounds alone should be enough to disqualify the plan.

“The question is how much harm is it going to cause the spring, what kind of change is going to be made in that water system?” said Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, a director of the not-for-profit Our Santa Fe River.

“The Santa Fe River is already in decline [and] there’s not enough water coming out of the aquifer itself to recharge these lovely, amazing springs that are iconic and culturally valued and important for natural systems and habitats.

“It’s impossible to withdraw millions of gallons of water and not have an impact. If you take any amount of water out of a glass you will always have less.”

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