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Enviro-Mich message from Frank Ambrose <snakeman1549@yahoo.com>
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Yes, it is at www.waterissweet.org


--- "Harris, Craig" <Craig.Harris@ssc.msu.edu> wrote:
> is there a web site that outlines the reasons for
> opposing ice mountain . .
> . 
> cheers,
> craig harris
> 
> craig k harris
> department of sociology
> center for integrated plant systems
> national food safety and toxicology center
> institute for food and agricultural standards
> michigan state university
> 429b berkey hall
> east lansing  michigan  48824-1111
> tel:  517-355-5048
> fax:  517-432-2856
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Frank Ambrose [mailto:snakeman1549@yahoo.com]
> Sent: Saturday 5 October 2002 08:33
> To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
> Subject: E-M:/ Press Release for todays Meijer Demo
> 
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> Enviro-Mich message from Frank Ambrose
> <snakeman1549@yahoo.com>
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> 
> Press Release
> October 4, 2002
> 
> Contacts: Frank Ambrose, 313-580-7484, Marie Mason,
> 313-410-4155
> 
> Activists Confront Meijer’s Over Sale of Ice
> Mountain
> Bottled Water
> 
> Taylor, MI—This Saturday, activists from the
> Sweetwater Alliance will gather at the Taylor Meijer
> store to host a carnival of resistance, including a
> stilt-walker, music and banners and signs. The
> carnival is an act of protest against Meijer’s
> continued sale of Ice Mountain brand bottle water.
> Ice
> Mountain is currently stealing Michigan’s
> commonly-held groundwater and selling it around the
> country. The activists have organized a boycott of
> Ice
> Mountain to protest the theft of the water, and are
> attempting to convince Meijer’s that they should
> join
> the boycott. So far Meijer’s has been less than
> receptive to their requests.
> 
> “As a Michigan-based company, Meijers should be more
> responsive to the issues facing the state’s citizens
> and ecosystems,” said Marie Mason. “ They should not
> support corporations or individuals who are taking
> advantage of and destroying either. It is time for
> them to stop selling Ice Mountain and other Nestle
> Waters of America brands of bottled water.[Nestle
> owns
> Ice Mountain, Perrier, Poland Springs and others]”
> 
> Ice Mountain has illegally set up a water bottling
> plant in Mecosta County, MI. They are pumping 400
> gallons of water per minute from a spring that leads
> to the Little Muskegon River. 
> 
> “This multinational corporation just went into rural
> Michigan and bulldozed local opposition and built
> this
> plant without proper zoning,” said Frank Ambrose. “
> Then on top of it, the Engler administration granted
> them a permit to pump water from the ground. For
> this
> $85 permit, Ice Mountain is making profit of up to
> $1.8 million a day.”
> 
> “Ice Mountain did not stop at just building the
> plant
> and stealing the water,” continued Ambrose. “They
> also
> pursued and received a back-door $9.6 million tax
> abatement from the local townships. So, we all are
> providing a tax subsidy to help them sell our water
> back to us and remove it from the Great Lakes
> entirely.” 
> 
> In a non-binding August referendum, residents of
> Mecosta county voted resoundingly to deny Ice
> Mountain
> the zoning change they wanted for the land that
> their
> plant occupies. It is currently zoned for
> agriculture
> and they want to change it to commercial. The plant
> draws close to 200,000 trucks per year. 
> 
> Local people are concerned that Ice Mountain will
> lower the water table and foul well sites, as they
> have done at other pumping sites around the country,
> most notably in Florida and Texas. People in Mecosta
> County immediately began experiencing problems with
> their private wells once Ice Mountain began pumping.
> 
> 
> “ Anyway you go about it, Ice Mountain is bad for
> Michigan, bad for the planet. It is time that
> Meijer’s
> hears the wishes of the citizens  and quits selling
> Ice Mountain,” said Mason. “It is that simple.”
> 
> 
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