Maine Governor Paul LePage is in the process of appointing Mark Dubois, an executive with Nestlé/Poland Spring, to the state's Board of Environmental Protection. We join with Maine water protectors in opposing this appointment, which represents a clear conflict of interest between water extraction and exploitation, and the long-term interests of people and environment.
We are asking our friends and supporters in Maine to write to the members of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and say this appointment is unacceptable; it represents a clear conflict of interest and that the people of Maine need assurance that board members will represent the public good and not private profit.
The Environment and Natural Resources Committee will hold a confirmation hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, January 24, so please send your comments as soon as possible. The hearing is open to the public, and starts at 10:00am in the Cross Building, Room 216. Committe members' emails are below:
In addition, please contact your state legislators to oppose the Dubois appointment. You can find your senator and representative at this link.
Our friends at Community Water Justice have highlighted instances of Nestle's influence on state agencies and boards, and at the town level, writing "It's no wonder the Center for Public Integrity gave Maine an "F" rating in a recent report, due to the state’s lax laws upholding ethics and accountability. Conflicts of interest such as the Dubois appointment are a huge obstacle to maintaining the integrity of our government in serving the people of Maine."
Maine, its people and its water deserve better. Please take action today!