PRESS RELEASE June 18, 2001
ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP FILES INJUNCTION
Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation, a statewide environmental group based in Mecosta, Michigan, has filed a request for a Temporary Restraining Order seeking to stop the construction of a water bottling plant by Great Spring Waters of America, a subsidiary of Perrier. The proposed plant is located on 8 mile road near US 131 in Mecosta Township outside of Big Rapids, Michigan.
"We are quite frankly stunned by the arrogance of this company. Perrier began construction of the project prior to obtaining the necessary permits from the state of Michigan and from the local governments. It is obviously an attempt to circumvent the administrative and legal processes in order to deny citizens their right to contest or challenge the project," said attorney James R. Samuels, co-counsel for Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC).
Samuels noted, "What is equally surprising, is that Mecosta Township passed an interim zoning ordinance a few weeks ago. The ordinance clearly states that construction on a project can not go forward until all the necessary permits have been obtained. Apparently, the township has overlooked their own zoning Ordinance."
The request for a Restraining Order has been given to Judge Lawrence C. Root in Mecosta County, who could issue the Restraining Order immediately, or schedule the matter for a contested hearing.