Nestle Pulls Plans to Draw Water in Monroe County

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ELDRED TOWNSHIP -- Nestle has changed its plans to draw water from a site in Monroe County, according to company officials.

The food and water company intended to extract water from a spring in Kunkletown. Nestle wanted to draw tens of thousands of gallons of water a day.

Company officials formally withdrew the permit request for a zoning change at a meeting Wednesday.

Residents filed a civil suit against Nestle in January.

Nestle had submitted applications to extract 200,000 gallons of water a day for its Deer Park water.

13 comments

  • VAHAN ELMAYAN

    They keep sucking the water from here in CA while we are told to water our lawns 2 days a week for 5 min. Evil company do not buy from them. They are a bunch of idiots and are hurting our state for profits.

  • thetrmn8r

    It is not correct as the video states that Nestle “caved to public pressure.” Nestle caved to the fact that their application was not going to be approved due to major deficiencies. Also, an improperly passed amendment was appealed and had a strong likelihood of being voided from the beginning. Those were the real issues Nestle faced – zoning isn’t a popularity contest.

  • thetrmn8r

    The statement in this article that residents filed suit against Nestle is totally inaccurate. It’s too bad that WNEP didn’t cover this story better from the beginning.

  • Franko

    The same people who are complaining that they don’t want the business in their area are going to be the same people in a couple of months, who complain because there are no jobs in their area and people are losing their homes

    • thetrmn8r

      You are not informed. Nestle was going to truck water from this site elsewhere, and provide ZERO jobs. The 40-ton truck traffic would have been 6am to 11pm 7 days a week in a VILLAGE, next to HOUSES.

  • Jackieo

    I doubt that a business withdrew their application due to a few residents complaints. More than likely they tested the water and after conferring with their lawyers, realized they could be held responsible for the adverse health effects caused by selling such water. Profits before people is always a business model.

    • thetrmn8r

      You are not informed and are incorrect. The water there is pristine and Nestle did extensive drawdown testing in 2015. The issue was their Site Plan had major deficiencies and the township was heavily opposed, and had a lawyer cross examining them. Also, there was a court appeal of the zoning ordinance amendment that was passed corruptly, which would have been won – this would have voided the amendment from the start. Nestle knew they had no way to win. The water is just fine.

  • PA. SMELLS LIKE POO POO!

    Pa. water isn’t as clean as the water in an average public toilet, we do not use any product manufactured in Pa.!

    • thetrmn8r

      The water is perfectly fine. Nestle sank two production wells, and 16 monitoring wells, at great expense. They got approval to take 200,000 gallons of water a day. They don’t make that kind of investment if the water is no good. There were major issues with zoning, which were not covered here – so you don’t have the facts to know the issue.

  • George

    Good for you residents of Kunkeltown. Tell Nestle to go take water from Dimmok. We aren’t using any of that.

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