• Case Study/Michigan Water

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    A 5 page research paper that explores the debate in Michigan over water use, specifically looking at the case of Michigan residents opposing a Nestle water-bottling plant's operation. The writer argues that the opponents to the plant have the stronger ethical case. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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    operation, which pumps 262 million gallons of fresh water per year from the headwaters of the Little Muskegon River, which feeds Lake Michigan, fits the states legal description of "responsible  use" (Shaw and Barry, 2004). Opponents to the Nestle water-bottling plant see this as a precedent-setting issue that condones the exportation of a valuable resource--clean, fresh water, away from that  regions water table. Examination of this issue shows that the Nestles opponents have the stronger case. First of all, the commodity in question, fresh water, is something that is  going to dramatically escalate in value. The UN estimates that by 2025, roughly two-third of the worlds population will face chronic water shortages (Shaw and Barry, 2004). Furthermore, there is  already evidence that foreign entities, as well as domestic, are looking ahead and they are ready to secure fresh water supplies from whatever country is sufficiently foolish to give them  access to what could be, quite literally, the "liquid gold" of the future. While the proponents of the Nestle plant have a point that the water used by Nestle is  basically no different from that used for other commercial enterprises, there is, nevertheless, a distinct difference in that the water, as water, is being exported for consumption by people other  than those who have claimed this public resource in the past. This sets a precedent that the people of Michigan are wise to guard against. The controversy began  on December 6, 2000 when the Perrier Group, a subsidiary of the Swiss-based Nestle Corporation, the worlds largest food company, applied with Michigan officials to obtain permission to drill two  water wells on an 800-acre private hunting preserve (Schneider, 2002). The purpose of the wells was to establish a source of water for their Ice Mountain brand of spring water 

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