Despite almost unanimous disapproval from local residents, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) sold Swiss based corporation, Nestle a permit to allow them to extract $100 million of drinking water at $1 per gallon for just $200?
The water taken by Nestlé will be bottled and sold from White Pine Springs in Michigan at a rate of 400 gallons per minute, despite a petition collected 376,241 signatures from outraged citizens making it clear they do not approve of the fascist capitalist move.
The new permit has allowed Nestlé to lift their original limit of 250 gallons a minute to 400, which works out at 100 million gallons a year. The original agreement was a tiny fee of just $200 a year. The fee will not change for the new permit, allowing Nestle to cash in $100 million in profits per year.
The scope and detail of the department’s review of the Nestlé permit application represents the most extensive analysis of any water withdrawal in Michigan history.
In full transparency, the majority of the public comments received were in opposition of the permit, but most of them related to issues of public policy which are not part of an administrative permit decision.
Michigan cannot base their decisions on public opinion because the department is required to follow the rule of law when making determinations?
Sadly, the DEQ chose to give the “Green Light”to Nestlé to continue pumping the people’s water (by hanging a ‘For Sale’ sign on Michigan’s water resources) at a time when communities across Michigan state lack safe, affordable access to drinking water.
Truth Theory.com / ABC Flash Point Water News 2018.