Group Files Complaint Against Nestle, Asks State to Investigate

The Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation says they’ve filed a complaint with the attorney general’s office.

It asks the state to investigate Nestle’s drawing of water from Osceola County streams.

The group says Nestle’s actions have caused significant changes to those streams and the ecosystem around them, violating Michigan’s constitution and state law.

Nestle has pumped ground water flowing to White Pine Spring since 2011.

MCWC says that spring feeds both the Twin and Chippewa creeks.

The organization says the state has allowed the area to be a “playground for profit-seeking corporations like Nestle and Enbridge.”

A Nestle Waters North America spokesperson released the following statement:

“The claims Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC) make in their letter to the Attorney General’s office and what they state in their press release are not backed up by any scientific evidence that we have seen. On the contrary, the data and extensive environmental studies conducted by multiple, well-respected governmental agencies and professionally trained scientists in the areas near our operations in Osceola County do not support MCWC’s claims.

“For more than 18 years, third-party, professionally trained scientists have conducted comprehensive studies near our operations in Michigan. We use this data to help ensure that our withdrawals are sustainable and preserve a healthy ecosystem where we operate.

“In 2018, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) referred to our operations in Osceola Township as having received “the most extensive analysis of any water withdrawal in Michigan history” after their team of scientists and professionals thoroughly studied the site.

“Also in 2018, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources studied both Chippewa and Twin Creeks in Osceola County and found that both creeks support a self-sustaining population of Trout. Each of those studies is available to the public.

“And in December 2018, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) began conducting its own ongoing real-time monitoring and data collection in Chippewa and Twin Creeks and groundwater data near White Pine Spring. This USGS monitoring data are available to the public on the USGS website.

“The false accusations referenced in MCWC’s press release were previously evaluated and refuted in the recent contested case permit proceeding and also by EGLE in 2017 before the permit increase was approved. Simply put, MCWC’s claims have already been investigated and refuted by multiple governmental agencies and professionally trained scientists.”