Chalk One Up For The Good Guys
Judge orders a halt to a water bottling facility that was removing groundwater at a rate of 175 gallons per minute. Astoundingly, the Judge had a few things to say about the legal battle over privatization of water. Sometimes they get it right.
"Root left this door slightly ajar, however, arguing that “water as water” deserves special legal status, and that its “higher social value” must be protected. "
And of course, the activists who brought the suit are overjoyed:
"Today is clearly a victory,” said Holly Wren Spaulding of Sweetwater Alliance, a statewide group which has campaigned extensively against the bottling plant. “It is one of many that we expect in order to secure water for people and all life, rather than profit that knows no conscience.”
Commenting on the ‘David and Goliath’ nature of their struggle, MCWC member Lois Hartzler said, “Honestly, I didn’t have any hope going into today—I’m totally blown away.”
Hartzler is one of five Michigan water activists who recently returned from a national water strategy meeting in Miami.
“After hearing so many success stories in Miami which thrilled me, I was so jealous,” Hartzler said. “But now we can claim a victory of our own. Those eleven miles of stainless steel pipe which pump water to the plant will now sit empty.”