Target: Paul Bulcke, CEO of Nestlé Waters North America
Goal: Urge Nestlé subsidiary Poland Spring to drop lawsuits against small town
Like many large corporations that require the copious use of natural resources, Nestlé must interact with its fair share of small towns. Recently, one of Nestlé’s subsidiaries — Poland Spring — had a tussle with Fryeburg, a small town in Maine. Poland Spring made a deal with the Maine Public Utilities Commission that Poland Spring could extract and sell groundwater from Fryeburg.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) was more than satisfied with the deal, as they got quite a lot of money out of it. Also, all three commissioners at the PUC were somehow involved with Poland Spring and with Nestlé, so they were more prone to help out.
Poland Spring, historically, does not take up groundwater at a sustainable rate. This is why they have to open up in more towns. If they take the water out of Fryeburg, the Fryeburg Water Company will not be able to provide to its citizens.
Poland Spring and the Fryeburg Water Company, which provides water to the people of Fryeburg, went to court. The Fryeburg Water Company won, but Poland Spring is going to repeatedly file lawsuits until they win and are able to strip Fryeburg of much of its groundwater. Therefore, the citizens have protested Poland Spring’s entrance into Fryeburg. Specifically, they have targeted the PUC for allowing the deal to happen in the first place.
Many large companies employ this method when dealing with small towns. They believe that the small towns will eventually have to give in, as they can only take so much strain from a major corporation. Therefore, we are now calling on Poland Spring to leave Fryeburg in peace. If Poland Spring wins one of the cases, it will be beyond Poland Spring making more money. It will ruin the town of Fryeburg because Poland Spring will take over the town and reduce the quality of life. Poland Spring needs to stop trying to get into Fryeburg, Maine.
Dear Mr. Bulcke,
Obviously, water companies absolutely rely on natural resources. We understand your need to find new sources of water. However, in the process, you end up bullying small towns instead of extracting water at a sustainable rate.
Given that, we are calling for Poland Spring to leave Fryeburg, Maine. The residents of the town are against the entrance of your company and your presence would be visibly resisted. From a humanitarian perspective, it is wrong to put your company in a town that already does not want you.
Today, we are writing to you to tell you to stop suing the Fryeburg Water Company. At the point, it is ridiculous to sue repeatedly just to show how powerful you are. Consider, instead, extracting from more renewable water sources that do not have the dependency of entire towns upon them.
[Your Name Here]
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