The Keep Nestle Out of the Gorge Coalition, led by Food & Water Watch, are appealing the state’s Water Resources Departments recent decisions regarding the proposed $50 million plant and pushing Gov. John Kitzhaber to block the company’s plan, reported The Oregonian.
The proposed Cascade Locks plant would draw almost 100 million gallons a year of Oregon spring water, the newspaper reported.
Officials from the town 45 miles east of Portland say that the plant would add 50 jobs, double the property tax base, fill 25 acres of unused industrial land adjacent to the Columbia River. Those opposed to the plan argue that it would enable an international company to drain the area of a public resource and put it into plastic bottles for profit.
Nestle would get water from the city well and a spring the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife uses as a salmon hatchery.
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