Save Mt. Shasta Water!
For the past 19 months this exact scenario has been unfolding in northern California’s Siskiyou County where Crystal Geyser Water Company will begin industrial water pumping in Fall of 2015. They plan to bottle a variety of beverages and will be extracting unlimited water from the aquifer that feeds the headwaters of the Sacramento River. With no pressure from local agencies like the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors or the City of Mount Shasta, we would not expect a for-profit international corporation to behave in any other way.
The W.A.T.E.R Group (We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review) and the larger Mount Shasta community have been requesting that a complete and impartial Environmental Impact Report (EIR) be completed to determine the effects of Crystal Geyser’s planned operations on the aquifer, local wells and the environment. An EIR would give us the information needed to put in place enforceable mitigations (safeguards) before damages occur.
We find ourselves in this precarious position due to the lack of political will and the shortsightedness of those who were elected to “protect and serve” the people. Our State, and indeed the nation, is now waking up to the REAL costs of the water bottling industry and “value added” drink products. While the extreme drought continues in the West (and experts agree that there is no end in sight), the “water grab” continues, unabated. With limited water resources, we cannot afford to allow corporations to make huge profits to the detriment of ordinary citizens and the environment. It is time to take action!
What we need to safely move forward:
After thorough consultation with Don Mooney, one of the state’s leading water and land use attorneys, we are putting together a court challenge to demand an EIR for the Crystal Geyser plant. We need to raise funds for attorney fees to mount this difficult legal challenge.
You can do your part, at this pivotal stage of the process, by contributing financially to support this lawsuit. PLEASE dig deep to help save our precious water resources. It is the “life blood” for the local community as well as for all those who depend on this water as it flows southward. Thank you!
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After 2 years of attempting to work with local government agencies to obtain a fair Environmental Impact Report (EIR), W.A.T.E.R. has filed a “Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief” against Crystal Geyser Water Company and Siskiyou County. The complaint was filed in Napa County Superior Court, the location of Crystal Geyser Water Company’s corporate offices.
The complaint states Crystal Geyser Water Company’s planned operation of a bottling facility for the processing of teas and other beverages, including the production of plastic bottles, is inconsistent with the Siskiyou County Zoning Ordinance and the Siskiyou County General Plan as the facility is located in a “Woodland Productivity” overlay, which designates the land for light-industrial use, not heavy-industrial use. The lawsuit also claims that the Crystal Geyser’s operations will violate the County’s groundwater ordinances, which provide that it is unlawful to extract groundwater for use outside the basin from which it was extracted without obtaining a written permit from the County.
If the County moves forward with this project, the County must issue discretionary permits for the operation of the Mt. Shasta Crystal Geyser facility. At this point, Crystal Geyser must comply with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), including the creation of a complete CEQA review of the proposed operation, including evaluation of all potential environmental hazards of the Crystal Geyser project, groundwater depletion and consequent threats to neighboring residential and city wells, noise, energy consumption, nighttime lighting, plastics fumes, toxic waste disposal, and truck traffic. Such an independent environmental review is necessary to protect the community against these hazards, to preserve the character and livability of this community, and to impose mandatory monitoring and regulation of the facility if and when it begins operation.
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