County Commissioners continue permit hearing; decision likely months away.
In the Tuesday session of the Nestlé Waters North America permit hearing, Chaffee County Commissioners heard public comments, discussed 1041 permit standards, voted to continue the public hearing at 1 p.m. Nov. 17, and adjourned to executive session to receive legal advice.
Chaffee County Commissioners began deliberations in the Nestlé Waters North America 1041 permit hearing Thursday, Nov. 5, and continued the hearing until 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Chaffee County Commissioners will accept additional public comments about Nestle Waters North America’s 1041 permit extension at 9 am and 5 pm today.
The Nestlé Waters North America 1041 permit hearing opened Tuesday, Oct. 20, with a 6-hour session and testimony by county staff members, county consultants, various stakeholder agencies, Nestlé representatives, and members of Unbottle and Protect Chaffee County Water LLC.
Chaffee County Commissioners agreed to move ahead with the Nestlé Waters North America public hearing scheduled for Oct. 20 and 22 but decided to further limit in-person attendance due to increasing numbers of local COVID-19 cases.
“Operation of the Nestlé Waters North America wells has not caused progressive depletion of the groundwater resources of Chaffee County,” according to a recent report by Gary Thompson, principal of W. W. Wheeler and Associates.
As the Nestlé Waters North America 1041 permit hearing approaches, opponents of extending the permit have questioned the sustainability of the company’s Chaffee County operations, especially with regard to climate change.
Chaffee County Commissioners agreed to allow an opposition group “up to one hour” to present its case against approval of the Nestlé Waters North America 1041 permit extension.
As the Chaffee County Commissioners prepare to consider extending Nestlé Waters North America’s 1041 permit, Delia Malone, an ecologist with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, takes issue with Nestlé’s dismissal of “a warming climate and its impact on water resources”