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Outrage Erupts Over USA Subsidizing Nestle’s Water

Posted by on October 17, 2015 in Environment, Environmental Hazards with 39 Comments

Mike Heuer | Natural Blaze

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SACRAMENTO (CN) – Despite devastating drought, the federal government allows Nestle to bottle and sell millions of gallons of water from a Southern California creek in a national forest with an expired permit, environmentalists claim in Federal Court.

The Center for Biological Diversity and others sued the U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday, demanding that it stop Nestle from pumping water from San Bernardino National Forest in drought-stricken Southern California.


Nestle’s special-use permit expired in 1988, the groups say, but Nestle – which reported $92 billion in revenue last year – is still diverting water from the west fork of Strawberry Creek in the national forest, and bottling and selling it under its Arrowhead Springs label.

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Nestle is not a party to the lawsuit.

The company sent 25 million gallons of public water through its Strawberry Creek pipeline last year – about 66,000 gallons a day, according to The Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs. That comes to 73 acre-feet a year: enough water to supply the annual needs of 73 average homes.


Nestle paid $524 for the water – the annual fee the Forest Service charged it, in lieu of a permit, the environmentalists say. The Forest Service told the plaintiffs that the expired permit will remain in force until it renders a decision on renewal.

Arrowhead Springs water was selling online for $3.74 for a 6-gallon case Thursday morning. Without deducting the cost of production, that would bring Nestle $41,140 a day – more than $15 million a year.

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The Forest Service issued a special-use permit in 1976 and amended it in 1978 and 1981, allowing Nestle to take water from Strawberry Creek, but it expired on Aug. 2, 1988 “and no new special use permit has ever been issued,” according to the lawsuit.

Nestle applied to renew the permit, but the government never acted, the environmentalists say, which makes the water diversion illegal.

“Right now, it really feels like the primary emphasis is letting Nestle take water,” attorney Rachel Doughty told The Desert Sun. “They’ve delayed the permit review for years and years and years, and let them continue to operate.”

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  1. 1719263068304255@facebook.com' Susan Moore says:

    This is only common sense! But, I guess that’s a lot less common than making money or doing the right thing!

  2. 405022926370532@facebook.com' Arlene Messina says:

    Why is the Governor allowing this is to happen ,what the heck is wrong with him!!!selling us down the dry river?

  3. 10207512536281083@facebook.com' Irene Tait says:

    this is absolutely disgraceful

  4. 1057011280999905@facebook.com' Rossina Marshall says:

    basically ,…NO, NO ,NO ,NO, NO,….!!!!!!!!!

  5. 10153815535313149@facebook.com' Vicki Schwartz Nitkiewicz says:

    TPP allowed this to happen, thanks to the President. Water will no longer will a right, but a commodity. Nestle in fact will be allowed to sue the state of CA

    • 917912641626869@facebook.com' Kate Kaesehagen says:

      Vicki this is not the president. .this is multi billion dollar corps. That havecenormous clout. And this money driven destruction of everyones world has been going on for over sixty years..he wasnt even born yet. how often do you leave your tap running? Same thing smaller scale.

    • 10153815535313149@facebook.com' Vicki Schwartz Nitkiewicz says:

      Kate You are right it has been going on over sixty years. No, I do not leave my tap running. I have well water. It does not change the fact that water will become a commodity when TPP is fully passed. The bottom line is WE took too long to fight this.

  6. 10205121426063866@facebook.com' Cecilia Sakai says:

    Nestlé believes all The water in The world should be privatized. They want to own life itself.

  7. 917912641626869@facebook.com' Kate Kaesehagen says:

    Typical multimillion dollar companies looking at quick solutions with maximum potential for harm…and govts get paid for it .. why dont nestle purify salt from the ocean…they have the money..leave the future sources alone. God governments are thick. All about the dollar. Anyone ever see mad max…in the end it was water that was controlled by the horrible mob. Just around the corner..

  8. 10153453687472713@facebook.com' Tonya Cameron says:

    Documentary: Flow
    Nestlé is an evil bitch:-(

  9. 10153138043982894@facebook.com' Charles Barton Lamb says:

    Cut off those c***s***ers at the knees right away. Expired permint and they are still drawing water? I don’t f*cking think so, ESPECIALLY with the arrogance of their CEO that f***er. Someone should do the rest of the world a favour and shoot that prick.

  10. 677161089082794@facebook.com' Dlav Gaucher says:

    Way to go folks..go after the greedy s.o.b.’s

  11. 886234184778029@facebook.com' Deborah Saari Kelly says:

    Corporations run the country and are suckling us all dry.
    Literally in this case

  12. 917912641626869@facebook.com' Kate Kaesehagen says:

    We could all stop buying their products…world wide…petition it and boycott .

  13. 162304630781775@facebook.com' Steve Paterson says:

    Stop buying Nestle products.Big business doesn’t give a shit about people or the environment. They will bleed both dry to keep the sacred shareholders happy.That’s all they care about.Future profits.Time for people to wake up to the practices of these everyday companies.They are killing us and the planet and they sit back in their boardrooms behind closed doors and come up with new ways to rape the planet and us.Fuck them@#$&%

  14. 1213101858706471@facebook.com' Bahadur Singh Rawat says:

    JAY MATA KI JAY///

  15. 1244395685585891@facebook.com' W Dave Tyler says:

    Yes and we need to turn the tap off in Canada also!

  16. 1506169099682529@facebook.com' Johnny B Good says:

    I say charge them 500% the original agreed upon price, then continue to stop their illegal use!

  17. 787665301342706@facebook.com' Brenda Sartin says:

    I will not buy Nestle water ever again. How could CA. Government allow this to happen. This needs to be stopped.

  18. 405022926370532@facebook.com' Arlene Messina says:

    Damm right Steve Paterson!!!

  19. 10203199758474135@facebook.com' Dillon Atria Stewart says:

    I feel bad for California with all these poor decision makers probably being paid off. Water is a born right to have, not even restaurants can deny someone water.

  20. 981815858542917@facebook.com' Maureen De Paor says:

    Guy’s we can rant all we like but action is the way to go, no Nestle product, difficult because there are so many. Monsanto shares are down 26% because of awareness. Like and share all these articles boycott all products. I live in Ireland but we all need to support Americans to fight greedy corporations

  21. 10204899691875597@facebook.com' Juan Van Zyl says:

    Kill the illuminati

  22. 1468678173462499@facebook.com' Kuro Fox says:

    WHY WOULD YOU DO IT?? WHY??! KNOWING THEY HAD SO LITTLE AND YET YOU STILL!!!

  23. 1503384453309432@facebook.com' Col Nolan says:

    In case anyone didn’t know America is run by corporations… so this will be the norm until that is not the case.

  24. 331858413651459@facebook.com' Frederick Edmond says:

    We the People will never be delivered, god bless America . . .

  25. 10206681605651788@facebook.com' Victor Donofrio says:

    Why don’t you just follow the money and stop yapping. You probably voted for the guy.

  26. 1624655137792023@facebook.com' Lead Robster Von Goldsmith says:

    vvv we have recognized the human right to water for a LONG LONG TIME…why is the Government allowing this? ummm Because we’ve been sold out to corporations..that’s why…

  27. 758779960911392@facebook.com' Phyllis K Fess Baker says:

    one more ‘corporate person’ diagnosed a sociopath

  28. 10207351144805288@facebook.com' Zach Mckinney says:

    But nobody cares about the meat and dairy subsidies.

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