At the annual presentation on May 3, 2022, our commissioners said pumping will cease in 2023 if the requirement to come through with a conservation easement, which was promised over 12 years ago, is not met. They also said the consequences would be lined out at an October 18, 2022 meeting, since the permit lacks that language. Unfortunately, they just kicked the can down the road again, and then the company just said at the November 15 meeting they plan to make the Dec 31 deadline. The public will never see a draft of the agreement with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (tasked with managing the easement) until the deal is done and signed by the attorney general. So stay tuned….
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Unbottle and Protect Chaffee County Water is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We formed to represent Chaffee County Citizens who united against renewal of a permit authorizing Nestle Waters to mine water from Ruby Mountain Springs. Citizens armed with common sense and an increasing knowledge about climate change and plastic pollution knew this was simply not a good operation, but we built a solid case based on Nestle’s permit non-compliance and broken promises.
You can watch our first presentation at the Oct. 20, 2020 public hearing here: https://youtu.be/1bnmg4HcWM
(it is 2 hours of Nestle followed by one hour from us “the opposition”).
You can watch our last presentation at the June 1st, 2021 public hearing here:
(starting about 4:22:30 followed by Q&A and public comments).