Nestles bankrupts small town by stealing its previously free water supply, and then charging for it

Perhaps you’ve yet to hear of a little town called Fryeburg, Maine, USA. It sits on its own pristine aquifer, but once Nestlé subsidiary Poland Spring moved to town, residents noticed that their streams were getting smaller. It turns out, in its continued efforts to privatize water, the company was pumping the aquifer, and then selling the water back to town residents in bottles. Freyburg is fighting back, though.
Nestlé has openly admitted that they don’t think water is a human rightPeter Brabeck-Letmathe, the Chairman and CEO of Nestlé, stated so openly in public, only to back-paddle later once activists accused him of being singularly interested in corporate profits and not water conservation, as he claimed. You can see him admit his true stance in this video.
When lakes and streams started to be depleted in Freyburg (that’s some water conservation, Nestlé) the residents spoke up, and the company then launched an aggressive, divide and conquer campaign.
The corp sued the town, almost bankrupting several water advocacy activists, and worked with the city board members to ensure their ongoing access to the town’s water. Nestlé took the case all the way to the Supreme Court when Freyburg wouldn’t just lay down and take it.
Furthermore, Nestlé also set up a Poland Spring shop for outreach, and established the Fryeburg Business Association staffed by a Nestlé employee. What this corrupt company is trying to do is get people to accept this as the norm: water they have to pay a corporation for, even though it was abundant and free prior to Nestlé’s interference.
Activists have taken up a new plan to try to defeat Nestlé, launching an education campaign to try to get residents to reclaim their water rides and pride of ownership in what was already theirs before a corporate monopoly moved to town. They are passing out re-usable water bottles to Fryeburg residents stamped with the message, “we don’t want your bottled water!”
Activists have also set up a website, called, to help oust this greedy behemoth from their town. Freyburg has won suits brought against them five times (and appealed) by Nestlé. Nestlé’s lost all four (one is still pending), and in one instance, the company’s lawyers argued in front of the Maine Supreme Court that their right to grow market share superceded the town’s right of control. You can see a video of that here.
The citizen’s group trying to fight Nestlé; however, is now $20,000 in debt, trying to keep up with their constant legal attacks.
If you want to support the town of Freyburg and send Nestlé a very clear message before they come to your town trying to sell you back any remaining good water that is still around after fracking and weaponized-weather-induced drought, you can contribute here.

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2 Responses to “Nestles bankrupts small town by stealing its previously free water supply, and then charging for it”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Depopulation, the Israeli way- from Jim Stone’s Website

    “500,000 now homeless in Gaza, 100 square kilometers leveled
    Just as I predicted the day MH17/370 got shot down, Gaza is in fact being eradicated. That is the end goal. And if 500,000 are now homeless, it is a laughable thought to believe only a thousand or two died.

    A Hard extrapolated FACT about Gaza you will NEVER hear reported:
    A little math can tell you the truth about how devastating the Israeli assault on Gaza has been, even if the SCAMMING ZIOPRESS REFUSES TO TELL YOU:
    360 square kilometers of land x 500,000 made homeless / total population of 1.8 million equals 100 SQUARE KILOMETERS LEVELED. Gaza is one of the most densely populated places on earth, and almost every square foot is occupied by housing. This makes measuring the destruction in square kilometers accurate.

    How much is 100 square kilometers, really?
    If city blocks are as long as a football field, which is 300 feet, and you walked down a city street that had nothing but densely packed houses and apartment complexes on it, EVERYTHING would be leveled for 300 feet into the distance on BOTH SIDES OF YOU including all houses and buildings on the blocks you are walking on that are facing THE NEXT STREET OVER for the entire length of a FIVE HUNDRED KILOMETER WALK. Since almost no one can walk 50 kilometers in a day, (and if you did that would be 10 hours of walking at a normal pace) only the most athletic people would be able to walk past the destruction which would be 600 feet across TOTAL, in less than 10 days at 10 hours per day of walking. The destruction is THAT BAD.

    Another way of saying it: Many cars only have a 500 kilometer highway range on a full tank of gas. If that street was a highway, and you left with a full tank, you would need to fill up after driving a path of total destruction until the entire tank was gone. Needless to say, the destruction is so bad it is beyond comprehension.

    It is OBVIOUS what is going on here, Israel is going to cause the death of everyone in Gaza.
    And when these people die, Israelis will sit back and say they did not do it, that they killed NO ONE because the people only died because they were too lazy to build houses and too lazy to keep water infrastructure in place and too lazy to keep the power on, (never mind the fact that everything was fine before the bombs fell and you cannot just wish it all back).

    If Egypt will not take the people from Gaza in, (And Israel is highly likely to deny their exit anyway) they are doomed to death, the bombing is not stopping, it is accelerating and the disaster is already so huge that there is no way a massive die off will ever be avoided unless Israel stops bombing RIGHT NOW, and they will not. 500,000 homeless and 100 square kilometers leveled with bombing accelerating tells the future before it happens, this is the END of Gaza and if the gates are not opened to Egypt, it is the END of everyone living there.”

    Jim Stone also recommends high strength Vitamin C for ebola because of it’s clinical resemblance to scurvy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Nestle is an evil company, and has been for many years.

    Stealing the worlds water is one of their aims, believe me if they could steal the air we breathe too they would.

    I wouder if their CEO has a goatee beard and horns? lol

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