Michigan Plans To Sell 100 Million Gallons Of Groundwater For $200 To Nestle
The cost to Nestlé? $200 a year.
Tell Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality to cancel this ridiculous plan.
Residents are furious, and rightly so. This is a massive corporate giveaway.
Nestlé is already the largest owner of private water sources in Michigan, and the water-guzzling corporation has deep ties to Governor Rick Snyder’s office. Deb Muchmore, the head spokesperson for Nestlé Michigan, is married to Governor Snyder’s former chief of staff. Perhaps we should stop wondering why Nestlé keeps getting so much from the state government for so little.
Luckily Michigan water regulators haven’t made a final decision yet — and we still have time to raise a huge outcry and pressure them to back down. What’s more, the pressure is working — after public pressure earlier in November, the Department of Environmental Quality promised to hold a public hearing and accept public comments on the project.
No one fights Nestlé’s greedy water grabs like SumOfUs members. Just last summer, the corporate giant was taking millions of gallons of water from Canada’s western water table for pennies while wildfires threatened the entire coast. Hundreds of thousands of us stood up and said: “NO!” We made front page news in Canada and got the government to commit to review water rates. And we’ve helped do the same in California and in Oregon — where the tiny county of Hood River stopped Nestlé in its tracks.
Tell the State of Michigan to say no this massive corporate giveaway. Stop Nestlé now.
Again, U.S. media remains mostly silent on this issue.
Here is some sources on this issue:
DEQ pushes Nestle groundwater bid public review into next year
MLive. 22 November 2016.
Michigan residents deplore plan to let Nestlé pump water for next to nothing
The Guardian. 5 November 2016.