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Deadly wildfires have been blazing through the entire Northwest United States for weeks. Over 1.1 million acres are burning, dozens of homes have been destroyed, the National Guard has been deployed, and firefighting resources are stretched thin.

And yet, amidst all this destruction, Nestlé is still angling to bottle Oregon's fresh water and sell it for profit. Unbelievable.

It’s not too late to act on this urgent issue. Help me stop Nestlé from bottling my state's invaluable freshwater—Tell Oregon Governor Kate Brown to scrap the deal with Nestlé now.

Joseph Schommer,
SumOfUs member from Little Applegate Valley, Oregon

Original Message:

I live in the rural northwest of the US -- where Nestlé is closing in on a lucrative water deal that will hand it millions of gallons of my state’s precious fresh water permanently.

Can you support my petition on SumOfUs' new community platform? We're in the middle of a drought, and I need your help to stop this shady corporate deal before it’s too late.

Sign my petition

I'm Joseph, and I live in the rural northwest of the US.

I just learned that Nestlé is closing in on a lucrative water privatization deal in my state of Oregon. The deal would hand Nestlé millions of gallons of some of the cleanest drinking water we have, despite a huge drought. Even worse, Nestlé will only pay one cent per 40 gallons of water. Then, it will sell the same water back to the public for $2.63 per gallon.

I was inspired to take action by SumOfUs' recent efforts against Nestlé’s devious efforts to privatize water at every turn: in California, in Pakistan and in British Columbia, Canada. And when I heard that any SumOfUs member can now start a campaign, I decided to create my own petition to get Nestlé out of my home state.

But I need your help to win. Will you join me to call on Oregon to reject Nestlé's bid to suck our state dry?

Sign my petition to stop Nestlé from taking all of my community's water.

Nestlé is coyly marketing this awful plan as a way to create local jobs -- but the reality is that it will only create 48.

And that’s not the only way we're getting conned. The cost to maintain the infrastructure needed to support the fleet trucks hauling water in and out of the bottling plant will come entirely out of the pockets of the public.

The truth is what Nestlé is trying to do in Oregon has been its mercenary strategy for decades: target a small, rural town in dire financial straits, offer them peanuts for their most precious resource, and then make out like bandits. The fact that the world is facing a coming water crisis hasn't slowed it at all. If anything, Nestlé is becoming even more reckless. Now is a time to establish a precedent to how the world treats corporations like Nestlé who believe they can put a price on our most priceless resources.

Join me and telling Oregon to scrap this deal with Nestlé.

Thanks for your support.

Joseph Schommer,
SumOfUs member from Little Applegate Valley, Oregon

More information:

Oregon legislators protest Nestlé water deal, Statesman Journal, April 23, 2015

Nestlé is closing in on privatized water in Oregon, AmericaBlog, May 13, 2015

Nestlé Bottled-Water Plan Draws Fight in Drought-Stricken Oregon -- Bloomberg, May 26th, 2015

The Proposed Nestlé Bottled Water Facility In Cascade Locks: A Preliminary Analysis of the Economic Issues -- Food and Water Watch, October 2011


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telliottmbamsc 4 years 25 weeks ago

It is worth noting a piece of text from the article posted in the above hyperlink to American blog:

Nestle is in the final stages of a deal that would allow them to purchase Oregon’s public water supplies from the Columbia River Gorge. Similar to Chris Christie’s recent fast-tracking of WIPA (a deal which allows NJ municipalities to sell their public water supplies to international corporations without public consent), the deal with Nestle is another water privatization plan that is bad for consumers and communities.

Instant-RunOff-... 4 years 25 weeks ago

The biggest waste of water by far is biofuel production. An avg of 1700 gals of precious water go to produce one lousy gallon of corn ethanol. With corn ethanol using as much fossil fuel inputs as it replaces in the final product. A total waste of money, water and resources and wouldn't exist without huge subsidies. And the only reason the subsidies exist is due to our crony capitalist form of government.

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