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Nestle Water Bottling Plan Draws Protest - Even After It's Voted Down


Last May, it looked like voters had stopped the Nestle corporation from putting a water-bottling plant in the Columbia River Gorge. But four months later, activists are raising concerns the project could still happen.

Opponents gathered at the Oregon State Capitol on Wednesday, joining a Native American activist who has spent the week there fasting, in protest. The target of their ire: what they see as continued efforts to bring a water bottling plant to Cascade Locks, an Oregon city in the Columbia River Gorge.

“They want people to have faith in the voting system, and yet the people have voted and they’re still moving forward with the Nestle proposal,” Anna Mae Leonard, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, said. She has been fasting since Monday, reprising the same form of protest she took to last year in Cascade Locks to protest the plans by Nestle.


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