A Michigan circuit court judge has ruled Nestlé Waters North America would be allowed to build a booster pumping station that extracts 400 gallons of water per minute in Osceola Township, despite immense pushback from the local community.

Now members of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation and residents of Osceola Township along with SumOfUs, a consumer group, started a petition which has garnered more than 240,000 signatures worldwide.

The township plans to appeal the court’s decision before the Jan. 10 deadline.

“We plan to stand behind the township as it enforces its own zoning laws and takes this fight as high as needed to win the right to protect their community and its water. The damage is already clear and they say no more," said Peggy Case, president of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation.

“Nestlé wants the Osceola Township community to be complicit in its massive water extraction efforts, but we refuse. Hundreds of thousands of SumOfUs members have stood with the township and agree that Nestlé’s attempt to strong-arm this township into giving up more of its water is a display of corporate bullying at its finest.” said Emma Pullman, campaign manager of SumOfUs. “We have until Jan. 10 to appeal the circuit court’s decision — and plan on fighting alongside the township this until the end.” 

Over the course of the past several months, SumOfUs crowdfunded around $30,000 to cover legal expenses for the Osceola Township community.

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