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dropPoland Spring wins Fryeburg battle
from Portland Press Herald, 3/20/09
PORTLAND — The state’s highest court on Thursday ruled in favor of Poland Spring in its effort to build a water pumping station in Fryeburg.

The decision by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court clears the way for Poland Spring to build the facility that it had hoped to begin four years ago. The pumping station would be capable of filling up to 50 trucks each day with water piped underground from aquifers in Denmark…Click here to read the rest of the article.

dropWater Waves: A Newsletter dedicated to educating citizens with information about the business of bulk groundwater extraction in Fryeburg, Maine.

dropProtest at Portland, ME Law Firm
On Friday, November 14, 2008, Maine youth teamed with Native Forest Network and Defending Water for Life to protest a Portland law firm for its role in the commodification of Maine’s groundwater…Click here to read the rest. *Includes Audio and a Photo Gallery*

dropUrgent Appeal to cover Legal Costs in Maine
Western Maine Residents for Rural Living have incurred $60,000 of fair, result-based legal fees. Western Maine Residents have raised and paid $39,000 of these fees to date. We need help raising the additional funds of $21,000 to see this fight to the final court.

At each and every board or court appearance (click for Timeline), Western Maine Residents for Rural Living has countered Nestlé’s legal army with reply briefs. We are forced…Click here to read the rest.

dropFryeburg Legal Timeline
In June of 2005: Nestle Waters North America submitted an application to the Fryeburg Planning Board to construct a trucking facility in a Rural Residential District. The site would be used to load up to 50 eighteen-wheeler water tanker trucks over a 24 hour period, seven days a week, 365 days a year with water extracted from the neighboring town of Denmark. All trucks would…Click here to read the rest.

dropJudge sides with East Fryeburg residents in battle with Nestle
FRYEBURG Citizens’ group Western Maine Residents for Rural Living has won another victory against Nestle in the ongoing legal battle over a proposed water-trucking station in East Fryeburg.Click here to read the rest.

dropFormer Fryeburg Planner giving advice to Nestle
An e-mail message obtained by The Conway Daily Sun shows that former planning board chairman Gene Bergoffen, who resigned last fall amid allegations that he was biased toward Poland Spring’s plan to build a trucking station in East Conway, is currently helping the international bottler with its public relations…Click here to read the rest.

dropNestle Forces Town (and private citizens group) to Pay Exorbitant Legal Fees
In 2003, Nestle’s Poland Spring brand began drawing from the Ward’s Brook aquifer beneath the small town of Fryeburg. The aquifer is the primary source of drinking water for the town…Click here to read the rest.

dropFryeburg’s updated water ordinance panned, promoted
FRYEBURG- ”Don’t dive in so quickly, say skeptics of a water-related land-use ordinance amendment that appears on Saturday’s warrant in Fryeburg. Supporters of the amendment which, among its numerous provisions, sets “sustainability limits” on ground-water pumping to protect the local aquifer from new users respond that the time has come to update the town’s rules for development…Click here to read the rest.

dropLegal opinion eases dispute between selectman, water district trustee
FRYEBURG – The Fryeburg Planning Board will not gain any power from requested amendments to the Fryeburg Water District’s enabling legislation, according to a legal opinion delivered to selectmen earlier this month.The opinion quieted a debate between Selectman David Knapp and Dick Krasker, member of the board of directors for the new Fryeburg Water District. The legal opinion partly reinforced the position of Knapp, who argued that…Click here to read the rest.

dropTimeline of Poland Spring in Fryeburg before Nov. ‘06
January 2004
Representatives of Poland Spring, a brand of bottled water from international company Nestle Waters, announce plans to build a bottling plant in Maine. Tom Brennan, New England natural resources manager for Poland Spring, tells Fryeburg residents, “We’re actively looking for locations in southern and western Maine. We like Fryeburg. We like the town. We utilize Fryeburg as a source for our brand. It’s high-quality water.”…Click here to read the rest.

dropJudge sends Fryeburg plan back to board
PARIS – A Superior Court judge has ruled that Fryeburg’s planning board must again review Poland Spring’s application for a truck loading facility in town.

The ruling gives neither townspeople opposed to the facility nor the bottled water company a clear win in the long legal fight….Click here to read the rest.

dropLessons from a youthful activist
DENMARK’s Emily Posner isn’t thinking 10 years out. Or even 100 years out.

When it comes to defending the state’s water resources from exploitation by the bottled water industry. Posner said, “We need to think 200 years out.”…Click here to read the rest.

dropCitizens to fight permit renewal
DENMARK – Residents of this and tour surrounding town have joined forces to tight, and fight hard, against Nestle- Waters North America’s request for a renewal of its water extraction permit from a spring they own on Cold Springs Road….Click here to read the rest.