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dropMovers and Shakers 2009: Water rights groups
from the Seacoast Online, 1/7/10
WELLS — Opponents of large-scale water extraction made themselves loud and clear in 2009, enough so that it was hard not to take notice.

Although many residents expressed interest in the regulation of large-scale extraction via an ordinance, it was the water-rights activists who continued to publicly raise concerns about the future of the community if such an operation was to be conducted in Wells.

It was their persistence in reaching residents by maintaining a continued presence at public meetings and hearings; by hosting forums and writing letters; by engaging community members in grassroots efforts, that gave them the edge…Click here to read the rest of the article.

 

drop‘Tapped’ to be screened on Friday in Ogunquit
from the Seacoast Online, 9/10/09
“Tapped,” an award-winning documentary film by the producers of “Who Killed the Electric Car,” will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept 11 at the Leavitt Theater, 259 Main St., Ogunquit.

Special guest Jim Wilfong, an activist from Fryeburg who appears in the film, will be introducing the film and taking audience questions afterward.

“Tapped” is an important documentary which examines the bottled-water industry and its effects on our health, and our environment. The film begins in Maine and features local water activists. The documentary is eye-opening, particularly given the issue of bottled water and mass water extraction is such a hot topic in southern Maine…Click here to read the rest of the article.

 

dropWater district votes against Poland Spring deal
from Maine Biz, 6/5/09
The Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District Board of Trustees squelched any further talk of Poland Spring’s efforts to extract water from its district late last month by voting unanimously to permanently remove from consideration a pending contract on the deal…Click here to read the rest of the article.

 

dropWater District board votes to flush Nestlé contract
from the Seacoast Online, 6/4/09
KENNEBUNK — The Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Wells Water District Board of Trustees voted unanimously May 27 to permanently remove from consideration a contract that would have allowed Nestlé Waters North America/Poland Spring to withdraw water from the district.

The contract previously had been tabled indefinitely.

“As far as we’re concerned, it’s a done deal,” said Bob Emmons, the trustee representing Kennebunk.

But that doesn’t mean that future water extraction discussions won’t…Click here to read the rest of the article.

 

dropArea water resources improved since 2002 drought
from the Seacoast Online, 5/7/09
KENNEBUNK — Area residents could run out of water in a drought if Nestlé Waters North America is allowed to draw the resource from a local aquifer, say opponents of the multinational corporation.

Nestlé subsidiary Poland Spring, which has been in talks with the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District, says otherwise,Click here to read the rest of the article.

 

dropWise move on water by Wells selectmen
from the Seacoast Online, 4/23/09
Debate over who has rights to water in our local communities has been raging ever since word got out last year about a possible deal between the Kennebunk, Kennebukport and Wells Water District and Nestlé/Poland Spring.

Arguments have sprung up on all sides of the issue. Some contend…Click here to read the rest of the article.

 

dropletKKW Water District superintendent Norm Labbe’s testimony from the Natural Resources legislative committee hearing on bill LD# 837 on 3/31/09
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dropletFLOW movie event with speakers Lynne Williams and Jim Wilfong
2/13/09
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dropletWater bill meets opposition at first hearing
from Seacoast Online, 2/12/09
AUGUSTA — A newly-proposed bill that would force public water companies to seek the approval of voters in their districts before entering into any water sales agreements had its first hearing in Augusta Tuesday…Click here to read the rest of the article.

 

dropletNew bill would give voters say in water sale
from the York County Coast Star, 2/5/09
If Rep. Ed Legg’s new bill becomes law, no public water utility in Maine will be able to sign off on a contract to sell a town’s water commercially without first securing residents’ approval.
Click here to read the rest of the article.

 
dropletYear in Review: Water fight hardly water under the bridge
from the York County Coast Star, 1/1/09
KENNEBUNK — When word got out this summer that the Kennebunk Kennebunkport Wells Water District was thinking of selling up to 432,000 gallons of water a day to Nestle/Poland Springs, the reaction was immediate and largely negative.

Opponents organized themselves into a group called Save Our Water, held rallies and meetings, and soon garnered the attention of the national media. They called upon the water district trustees to vote the sale down, and argued that the KKWWD would be giving away the community’s precious natural resources. Click here to read the rest of the article.

 

 
PBS NEWS HOUR COVERAGE Online NewsHour | PBS

 
Wells voters adopt town charter
from the York County Coast Star, 11/6/08
WELLS — Voters overwhelmingly approved the proposed town charter on Tuesday, paving the way for a transition in 2010 from open town meeting to a secret ballot referendum method of governing.

They also approved a six-month moratorium on large scale water extraction in Wells, culminating a citizen uprising…Click here to read the rest of the article.

 
Wells voters consider referendum ballot, voting form works for York, Ogunquit
from the York County Coast Star, 10/30/08
WELLS — While voters in Wells choose on Nov. 4 whether to adopt a new town charter that replaces the open town meeting with a referendum ballot, they may want to look at the experience of two nearby towns that have already made the change…Click here to read the rest of the article.

 
Poland Spring water deal tabled
from the York County Coast Star, 7/24/08
KENNEBUNK — The trustees of the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District voted unanimously July 17 to indefinitely table a proposed agreement to sell spring water to Poland Spring.

The decision to stop further action on the agreement came by recommendation of…Click here to read the rest of the article.

 
Upon learning of the pending contract between Nestle Waters N.A.and the KKW Water District, activists began to organize. They invited water district superintendent Norm Labbe to appear at the first public meeting on Sunday, June 22nd to answer questions about the contract.



 
SAVE OUR WATER and Defending Water for Life organize a rally and press conference on June 25th before the advertised public meeting.

The water district decided to not hold a public meeting at the last minute, instead they angered citizens by holding the meeting in a small room which only held 20 people and all but a handful of people were allowed in the room. In the two videos you can witness just how upset people were about this violation of the “Sunshine Law.” The proposed contract with Nestle was tabled.



 
Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission – July 18th


 
Poland Spring water deal may be dead
from the York County Coast Star, 7/17/08
KENNEBUNK — The Board of Trustees of the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. today, July 17, to consider indefinitely tabling a proposed agreement between the district and Poland Spring.

Water District Superintendent Norm Labbe announced…Click here to read the rest of this piece.

 
Bottling foes force district to rethink contract vote
fromthe Biddeford-Saco-Old Orchard Beach Courier, 7/17/08
Trustees of the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District called a July 17 special meeting to consider a recommendation to table further action regarding a proposed contract with Nestle. The meeting was scheduled to take place after the Courier went to press…Click here to read the rest of this article.

 
Group seeks moratorium on proposed water contract with Nestle
from the York County Coast Star, 7/10/08
The following is a satement submitted by the newly-formed citizens’ group SOH2O (Save Our Water):

SOH2O is petitioning the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District (KK&WWD) for a 180-day moratorium on any action regarding the proposed water extraction contract with Nestle Waters North America, which owns…Click here to read the rest of this piece.

 
Growing demand for water gives trustees something to consider
from the Portland Press Herald, 7/03/08
Regarding the plans of the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District to sell 300,000-plus gallons of water per day to the Nestle Corp., district trustees should consider the following quote from their own 2007 Annual Report: …Click here to read the rest of this piece.

 
Water district postpones vote on proposed Nestle deal
from the York County Coast Star, 6/27/08
KENNEBUNK — About 75 activists from the area and around the state, mingled with news media and rallied on the lawn of the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water district offices Wednesday afternoon. The relatively calm rally was only the preamble to the fireworks that followed.
Click here to read the rest of this piece.

 
Activists bristle over small venue for water contract talks, rally outside
from PolitickerME.com, 6/25/08
A group of activists in Southern Maine is threatening legal action after they say they were kept out of a district water trustee’s board meeting Wednesday.

About 100 people gathered in Kennebunk to protest a contract that would allow Nestle Waters to purchase 432,000 gallons of water in a number of Southern Maine communities. Click here to read the rest of the article.

 
Read the letter to Superintendent Norm Labbe
from Trout Unlimited, Atlantic Salmon Federation, and Maine Rivers, 6/24/08
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Residents oppose Poland Spring deal
from the Portland Press Herald, 6/23/08
KENNEBUNK — Bottle it up and send it elsewhere.
That’s what a crowd of more than 100 people told a local water district official to do with a contract to sell water to Poland Spring for the next 30 years…Click here to read the rest of the article.

 
Local, state activists take issue with water sale to Nestle
from the York County Coast Star, 6/19/08
What began last week as a press release announcing a pending contract between Nestle and the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District appears to be turning into the latest battlefield between activists and an international corporation over bottling water from local springs.

Opponents of the sale believe…Click here to read the rest of this piece.

 
KKWWD PRESS RELEASE
from KKwWD, 6/2/08
The Trustees of the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District are prepared to sign a spring water agreement with Poland Spring that will provide a significant new source of revenue for the District. The spring water is located on and near the Wells Blueberry Barrens property along Branch Brook, purchased by the Water District last year…Click here to read the rest of this press release.