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French Billionaire Clashes With Rural California Town Over Water Rights

Science & Tech  (tags: water, ecosystems, environment, Sustainabililty, California, CA, water rights )

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"...that insists the townâEUR(TM)s water is better served if it is bottled and exported to Japan."


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Carol H (40)
Wednesday October 5, 2016, 7:42 pm
Quote from one of the article's commenters: "We have been battling the mega-corporation Nestle for several years now trying to prevent them from stealing all of our precious water and bottling it under the Crystal Geyser brand and shipping it to Japan. AT full capacity, the plant will be pumping over 1 million gallons per day from our water supply while the citizens are simultaneously being told to cut back and ration due to extreme drought conditions. Nestle has no restrictions on the amount of water they can extract. The CEO of Nestle is officially on record stating that people have no inherent right to water and it should be privatized. They will stop at nothing. It is apparent that they have even reached the pockets of our local politicians because we have to fight them just to get them to fight for us, the people that elected them!"

Past Member (0)
Friday October 7, 2016, 5:15 am
Action speaks louder than words

Harry Knapp (0)
Friday October 7, 2016, 6:29 am
I do not buy nestle products.

Trish K (29)
Friday October 7, 2016, 7:14 am
Fight these mega corps kid. That water is your water and it was born in your country. You can't send American citizens or their necessities to other countries like they were WHAT ? I never . PFU - Nestles

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Friday October 7, 2016, 7:41 am
Noted, Thank you

Philippa Powers (10)
Friday October 7, 2016, 9:39 am
I haven't bought Nestle products for decades and never will. In my mind, Nestle is in league with the devil. However, what goes around, comes around. One day, those responsible will have to pay in some form. Karma's a bitch!

Roger G (148)
Friday October 7, 2016, 12:57 pm
i do not see any mention of Nestle a Swiss company in this report that is mentioning only a French billionaire name Papillaud (never heard of him until today...)

Roger G (148)
Friday October 7, 2016, 1:01 pm
I see on Forbes that this is the guy who owns Cristalline, a household name brand in France...
But he sold most of his holding in Roxane in 2008...
So to mention a French billionaire who has only 2% interest while the Japanese company has the huge 49% of Roxane is a bit misleading.. or is it better to stoke up the anti-French feelings in the American public rather than to mention the fact that it is water that is taken by a Japanese company ?

Kate K (215)
Friday October 7, 2016, 2:05 pm
First of all there is no need for bottled water. It comes form the sky and thanks to pluming goes into people's homes and other building so that one can turn of a faucet and get water. There are also cups and bottle to put it in to bring along. Second, I sincerely believe that no one should eve be allowed to make over a certain amount of money because we end up with pieces of dreck like this billionaire and Donald Trump who think they can do whatever they want because they are rich. (not all rich people are like this of course). Too much money and too much power are rarely good things. This putz needs to take his bottle of water and go back to France.

Colleen L (3)
Friday October 7, 2016, 2:22 pm
I do not buy bottled water. Thanks Carol

Kay M (46)
Friday October 7, 2016, 9:03 pm
Good evening and thank you for this article - which I read and noted - when are going to put our foot down and not let these rich men take all of our water supply----sincerely KAY M.

Joe Legris (4)
Saturday October 8, 2016, 2:14 am
More corporate greed

Marco C (31)
Saturday October 8, 2016, 6:06 am
Buying bottled water? Very silly. Think about it.

Whats next.....?

Doris F (19)
Saturday October 8, 2016, 8:53 am
"NO GO" noted,thank you Carol

Carol H (40)
Saturday October 8, 2016, 11:09 am
quote from one of the commenters: "Dogitydog is correct that we are dealing with a foreign water bottling corporation in Mount Shasta, but it isn’t Nestle. Nestle unsuccessfully attempted to open the largest plant on the planet in neighboring McCloud. Crystal Geyser Water Company (CGWC) produces Juice Squeeze, Metromint, Tejava and now is considering beginning with just water because of the blowback here in Mount Shasta. They are a wholly owned subsidiary of the multi billion dollar Japanese corporation Otsuka Pharmaceutical Holdings. Otsuka also apparently owns 49% of the French company Crystal Geyser Roxanne (CGR) in Weed. If the Transpacific Partnership passes all local, regional, state and federal regulations could be moot in the name of international open trade and profits. There would be no way to protect our water, our ecosystems.

Water bottling in single use disposable containers, most of which end up as pollution in our landfills and oceans, is an idea whose time has passed. Boycott bottled water. Boycott their other products too.There should be “for emergency use only” on all labels and on glass, not plastic. The hydrology of this volcanic area is unstudied. Neighboring residential wells have suffered under the prior CocaCola production period. The Mazzei well in Weed which is located very close to the CGR plant and supplies south Weed is down 100 feet!!! Water is Life. No one owns water!!

Lenore K (0)
Saturday October 8, 2016, 2:08 pm

Suzanne L (99)
Saturday October 8, 2016, 9:21 pm
This is where governments should intervene to protect citizens that depend on a local resource. If someone wants bottled water choose distilled water. It's pure H20 and therefore the purest you can get - no minerals, bacteria, viruses, or drug levels. It doesn't come from a spring it's just tap water that's gone through a still. You can even buy a small still for your home.

Lenore K (0)
Sunday October 9, 2016, 2:37 pm

Janet B (0)
Monday October 10, 2016, 1:12 pm

Anne F (17)
Tuesday October 11, 2016, 12:02 am
"Papillaud owns 51% of the Alma Group,[1][3] which sells mineral water under the brandnames of Cristaline, MontBlanc, Saint-Yorre, Rozana, Chateldon and Vichy Célestins.[4] In 2008, he sold the other 49% to the Japan-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical for US$1.2 billion.[1]" This water grab is not Nestle, but is French. I've been to Weed and recognize water as a limited resource there.

Hent catalina - maria (95)
Monday November 28, 2016, 12:36 am
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