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Bottlers, States and the Public Slug It Out in Water War: Rights to Resource Are at Odds With Fears of Shortage

Date: June 12, 2006
Author: David A. Fahrenthold
QUOTE: ...Maine has become a battleground in a growing fight that pits environmentalists against an industry that has become rich by selling the purity of nature: the bottlers of spring water. In a series of lawsuits and statehouse debates that reached critical mass in the past year, activists and lawmakers have questioned whether bottling companies have become too greedy about the water they take from the ground, and -- in some cases -- what gives them the right to take it at all

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