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Michigan Town Fights to Appeal Nestle Water Pumping Station Permit with Help From Consumer Group

Members of Osceola Township, Michigan and SumOfUs plan to appeal Nestlé’s newly approved water pumping station.


Last month, a Michigan circuit court judge ruled that Nestle Waters North America would be allowed to build a booster pumping station that extracts 400 gallons of water per minute in Osceola Township, despite immense pushback from the local community.

Members of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation and residents of Osceola Township along with SumOfUs, a consumer group, started a petition which has garnered over 240,000 signatures worldwide. The Township plans to appeal the court's decision before the January 10th deadline.

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"We plan to stand behind the township as it enforces its own zoning laws and takes this fight as high as needed to win the right to protect their community and its water. The damage is already clear and they say no more," said Peggy Case, president of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation.

"Nestle wants the Osceola Township community to be complicit in its massive water extraction efforts, but we refuse. Hundreds of thousands of SumOfUs members have stood with the Township and agree that Nestle's attempt to strong-arm this township into giving up more of its water is a display of corporate bullying at its finest." said Emma Pullman, Campaign Manager of SumOfUs. "We have until January 10th to appeal the circuit court's decision -- and plan on fighting alongside the township this until the end."

Over the course of the last several months, SumOfUs crowdfunded around $30,000 to cover legal expenses for the Osceola Township community.

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