November 20, 2005
How many gallons?
The Kannos, who helped lead the fight to stop Perrier (a/k/a Nestle) from taking our ground water, have written to governor Doyle asking him to alter one provision in the new Great Lakes Compact. The governor does have the leeway to be more restrictive than the compact when it comes to diversion of water from the Great Lakes.
The compact permits the exporting of bottled water out of the Great Lakes watershed "in containers less than 5.7 gallons." Containers of more than 5.7 gallons would be considered a diversion. Have you ever seen anyone lug a 5.7 gallon container? Of course not. But it gives the appearance of protecting the Great Lakes from the big boys. Not so fast. Nestle/Coke/Pepsi and others will fill millions of small bottles--less than 5.7 gallons of course, and get rich off our most valuable resource.
Lobbyists for Nestle have been busy. Will the governor listen to the Kannos or the lobbyists? (Surely he will refuse campaign contributions from the bottled water industry.) Stay tuned. And if your container holds more than 5.7 gallons, stay away from Lake Superior.
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