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Oregon Governor Finally Sides with Hood River County Over Nestle

Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch


"Governor Brown's decision to back out of this wrongheaded deal is a hard-won victory for the communities in Hood River County that have waged a nine-year battle to keep Nestle from seizing their water. Governor Brown's action upholds the will of Hood River County voters, who 18 months ago overwhelmingly passed a ballot measure to ban commercial water bottling. Food & Water Watch will continue to support communities in Oregon and around the country that face this kind of corporate grab of public water."

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