Henderson, Texas

Posted on April 7, 2017  Tagged with:
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Bart Sipriano, a Texas rancher woke up one day in 1996 to find the well that had been operating for 20 years on his land without a single problem had run dry. Just days earlier, a nearby bottling plant owned by a Nestlé subsidiary had started operations and was pumping out thousands of gallons of water a day. When the rancher’s neighbors’ wells went dry too, they took Nestlé to court. The case went as far as the Texas Supreme Court, but nothing could be done because existing laws about water rights never anticipated a future when a corporation would come in, set up a bottling plant to drain millions of gallons of local water, and then ship the water away. Since then, Nestlé has moved from state to state operating in the same way, disregarding the water rights of local communities.

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