Nestlé Looks To Increase Fresh Water Extraction In Florida As Scarcity Rises

Nestlé Looks To Increase Fresh Water Extraction In Florida As Scarcity Rises


Fresh water scarcity is a growing concern
across many US households. And Nestle’s managed to send alarm bells ringing
among environmental activists in Florida for fighting against the company’s request to
dramatically increase how much fresh water it extracts for bottling every year. I have legal journalist Mollye Barrows here
to walk us through this. Mollye, exactly how much fresh water is Nestle
stealing from the American public? Well, they would like to steal about 1.2 million
gallons a day. In Florida alone. In Florida alone. So yeah, as I’m looking into this, I realized
that these, the complaints that environmentalists have about Nestle here are popping up all
over the country, all over the world. But in this particular case, this is Ginnie
Springs, Gilchrist County, Florida, and this one particular company, let’s see, what’s
it called, Seven Springs. They’re the ones that actually have the permit
to the wells and they’ve been working with bottled water companies for a number of years
and for the past 20 years, even though their permit says they can take up to 1.2 million
gallons, they’ve really traditionally only taken about a quarter of that. Well now, Nestle has asked to take the full
amount and environmentalist and local activists are really upset about it because they say
that studies have shown these water levels are already low. You’ve got the nearby Santa Fe river, four
years ago they did some studies and they found that it’s already low. Part of the reason it’s low is because of
groundwater pumping as well. You’ve got nearby agriculture sites, but in
essence these Springs are starting to drop and they’re saying if we let Nestle take all
this water, it’s going to cause problems for the environment. Let’s, let’s distill this water. Yes. Here it is. Boil it down. Here, here’s how, here’s how we boil this
water down. Nestle is taking a natural resource from Florida
and not paying anything. Tax… Just the $115 permit fee. $115 they take, they take 1.3 million gallons
of water. Nobody gets paid for it. Nestle puts it into a bottle, sells it for
God knows how much of an increase. Taxpayers have to pay and this is the other
part of it. Nestle, then externalizes all the risk to
Florida. Right. If we have a water shortage. That’s right. If we have a problem from this, taxpayers
have to pay this. They had the same problem in California, didn’t
they? Yes. They got, they got really hammered in California
for this. San Bernandino forest. I mean, this has been an ongoing thing for
a long time. State regulators are saying, you’re taking
this water illegally. You basically pumped it dry in a place that’s
prone to forest fires. As you know, we’re handling litigation with
the Woolsey fire out there, but at any rate, this has been an ongoing situation with Nestle
saying we’ve got full rights to take this. 45 million gallons alone last year that they
took from a drought infested area. Yeah, well they don’t have rights if, they
don’t have rights of activists get involved. Are activists getting involved in this thing
right now? They are, activists and state regulators in
California are involved. Activists are definitely getting involved
in the Ginnie Springs thing as well. In fact, there is a petition change.org basically
saying, stop Nestle from bottling Florida’s water at Ginnie Springs. Their goal is 75,000 signatures. They’ve almost got 74,000 so there’s a lot
of push. There’s a lot of support against this because
even though agricultural companies request larger permits than what Nestle is asking
to take from Ginnie Springs, the problem is there is so much, the water levels are lowering
because of groundwater pumping because of agriculture. And they see this as an opportunity to really
bring to light that Florida is not managing their water properly. I’m trying to understand how in the world
the Florida residents have any benefit here. There’s zero benefit. So this cat comes, Seven Springs. Yes. Comes in, he bought the water rights, that’s
all he did. It’s like an oil company going and I want
to buy your mineral rights. I want to buy your oil rights in Texas. Okay. Access to the well. Same thing. So this, this guy owns those water rights. Now he’s saying, I’m going to, I’m going to
basically sell them. Yes. I’m going to make a profit. Off a natural resource. Off a natural resource, that I’m selling now
to Nestle. The taxpayer has to, has to, has to bear the
brunt of that. Right. Nestle pays nothing to the taxpayer, zero. And it’s coming up over and over again. In Michigan, there’s complaints about the
Dead River. They’ve pumped millions of gallons out of
that. It’s a constant battle back and forth, legal
battles in court between the state of Michigan as well as Nestle over their access to those
natural resources. There’s a small town in France that’s basically
saying the same thing that Nestle. South America, they ran them out of part of
South America. Yeah. Interesting. But it’s over and over again, the same thing. How do they come in? I’m curious. I’d like to look into some more and just basically
say, you know, do they get permission from, like you said, the person who has the permit
or maybe the private land owner and then they basically steal what could potentially flow
on to benefit everyone, like taxpayers and citizens. What if your a taxpay, what if your a taxpayer
living along the river that’s already projected to be affected by this? Now Nestle comes back and say what they, says
what they always say, oh well, it’s only going to be a half an inch if anything over the
next 10 years. So, you hear those types of… That’s exactly what Seven Springs said about
Ginnie Springs. They said, y’all are just worrying about nothing. We’ve done some studies and the amount they
want to take, it’s only going to affect the water levels by lowering it less than an inch. Yeah, and they say that because they’re the
ones making the money. Nestle is making the money. Seven Springs who sells this Nestle is making
the money, and it’s a natural resource that is owned by the commons. It’s owned by the commons, the taxpayers,
and all of a sudden we ignore that like, well, that’s just not important. Well, people need to check out this online
petition. They need to read up on this as well. Yeah, let’s put it up on our screen. Yes. So people can actually file a petition if
they want to. Absolutely. Thanks for joining me, Mollye. Okay. Thanks, Pap.

39 thoughts on “Nestlé Looks To Increase Fresh Water Extraction In Florida As Scarcity Rises

  1. That’s one of many reasons why I refuse to drink bottled water. Water for me comes from the tap only. In addition to helping the environment, I also save a lot of money.

  2. I haven't bought a Nestle product since the early 1970s and never will again. They only exist because people buy their products.

  3. I think it's fair if Americans die from lack of water, because trump is trying to murder british people by trying to privatise the nhs with the tories

  4. Well, at least we're exporting something other than racism (Zimmerman) and post-birth abortions (Casey Anthony).

  5. Ginnie Springs is 20 minutes from my house. We as a community do NOT want this. Lower water levels are much worse than their "studies" claim. I live on a well and I'm scared.

  6. Add to this theft of water , all the plastic that is produced—how F'n wasteful and polluting! This illustrates the problems of capitalism and the horrors of multi-national corporations.

  7. almost as good in British Columbia. Nestle pays $3.00 for a million gallons and that is through the provicial gov't as there is no such thing as private ownership of water or total waterfront in Canada

  8. The corruption in this country is so terrible. We are not the land of the free, we are the land of the corporate power.

  9. Nestle is raping canada,getting the water for nothing and selling it for a huge profit. Put nestle out of business or make them pay through the nose

  10. Tell them to fuck off and go back to making chocolate powder.

    Nestle is basically the villain from Tank Girl at this point.

  11. Nestle have been buying up water rights to spring water world wide for years and denying tribes access to water they have had for hundreds of years. I have stopped buy Nestle products and all their associated companies products. Nestle have NO social conscience and need to be boycotted NOW . The whole bottled water industry is a massive scam and in no way ecologically friendly with the waste it generates ! STOP BUYING BOTTLED WATER IN COUNTRIES WITH A HEALTHY CLEAN WATER SUPPLY !

  12. Not only are Nestle going to pay horrible consequences for their actions they can't even understand, all the waters they have illegally exacted are toxic because water is very conscious and very aware that it is being abused so anyone who drinks that water is drinking toxic water even though it tastes good it is not ph balanced.

  13. You all need to get over your hate or fear of trump and bring these truths to him. One thing we have in common is he is sick of other countries ripping off america.

  14. These Corporate punks. Use slave labor threats of violence. At their Coco farms. There just like Coke cola. Depleting aquifers. Threats of violence have hired guerillas para military. Who murdered striking protesters at their plants in South America. Trying to get a union..it's time to go head hunting. These people are killing us. Start putting their faces stats on playing cards Treat them like the Taliban. There along with the one party.. That let's em get away with it. Shut it down Take their $ return it back to the community's Nestle stole from.. If their still bitchen. Incitements all around. Let's see how you like drinking water out of a toilet sink.? In a jail cell.!

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