Target: Skagit County Planning and Development Services
Goal: Prevent bottling company from opening plant on county rural reserve land in Anacortes, Washington
Anacortes and Skagit County are currently in the process of deciding whether to expand the Urban Growth Area in Anacortes in order to allow a huge bottling company to open there. The plant would require 5 million gallons of water per day, and though it would provide some employment, the product would be damaging to the environment and human health, and would bring a tremendous amount of commercial and train traffic into the relatively peaceful area.
The bottling company, Tethys Enterprises, attempted to locate this project (which would be the largest in the United States) in Everett. However, the city, Sierra Club and others worked hard to prevent this destructive move. The company should have no better luck in Anacortes. The project would include a bottling facility and rail transfer station covering 30 acres of land.
Citizens have expressed adamant dislike for the idea, namely because it would transform the town into a more commercial, environmentally unsustainable, and noisy place. In addition, as water becomes a scarcer resource universally, such a significant draw on public water by a private corporation could become disastrous in regard to human need, as well as to wetlands, aquifers and salmon.
Mass production of bottled beverages does not fit into the sustainable long-term vision for any community. Plastic bottles take a thousand years to decompose, and often have contents unhealthy for humans. Please demand that Skagit County Planning prevent the expansion of the Urban Growth Area and the construction of a destructive and unsustainable bottling plant in Anacortes.
Dear Skagit County Planning and Development Services,
The introduction of a bottling plant to Anacortes would threaten the vision for a peaceful, sustainable future in this community by expanding the Urban Growth Area, constructing an enormous facility and rail transfer station, diverting millions of gallons of public water per-day to a private corporation, increasing commercial traffic, and encouraging an unhealthy and environmentally damaging product.
After failing to gain support for the plant in Everett, Tethys Enterprises is currently preying on Anacortes, where the community is similarly unwelcoming to the project. The corporation has not been clear or open to the public about plans, and the mayor of Anacortes signed the application before it had a chance to be viewed by the City Council.
Although the project would create some jobs, similar plants around the country have not provided as many jobs as expected. Further, this is not the kind of employment desired in this or any area, as it promotes an unsustainable product which requires huge quantities of water, takes a thousand years to decompose and poses a threat to wildlife.
Please consider citizens’ concerns about increased traffic, threats to public water supply, the Skagit River and salmon habitat, and an overall unsustainable addition to the community. Decline the expansion of the Urban Growth Area and do not allow this bottling plant in Anacortes.
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