Timeline in Progress

Updated occasionally, as new information becomes available.

Dec. 1970 – Adoption of Susquehanna River Basin Compact by U.S. Congress.

Sept. 16, 1993 – STWA Permit approval by SRBC

May 17, 2016 – SRBC “Public Water Supply Assistance Program, Aquifer Testing Plan and Ground Water Withdrawal Application Training.”

Sept. 18, 2017 – Discussion of Land Development Plan for “Cerro Well” by Spring Township Planning Commission

Oct. 16, 2017 – Conditional approval of LDP for “Cerro Well” by Spring Township Planning Commission

Nov. 6, 2017 – Approval of LDP for “Cerro Well” by Spring Township Board of Supervisors

Nov. 10, 2017 – Contract signing – STWA and Nestle

  • Spring Township Water Authority Board Chairman Doug Weikel signed an “access agreement” contract with Eric Andreus of Nestle, granting Nestle access to the “Cerro Well” site for testing. The STWA board would not review the “new business” proposal or the contract until November 22, 2017, (see below) begging the question: On whose authority did Weikel sign the contract on November 10? 2.28.18 Spring Township Water Authority RTK Responses

“Several weeks” before November 28, 2017 – Meeting

  • Participants: CBICC President Vern Squier; CBICC Vice President Jennifer Myers; Nestle Waters Eric Andreus; Centre County commissioners; Kurt Knaus, Managing Director for Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy firm (working with Nestle); and Centre County Administrator Margaret Gray. Referenced in “Email 12” and “Email 13” from Centre County

Nov. 22, 2017 – Meeting, Spring Township Water Authority

  • Spring Township Water Authority Meeting. “NEW BUSINESS: Nestle Water – Doug Weikel, Chairman, reported Nestle Water would like to purchase non-chlorinated water from The Authority. They are looking at other areas as well, however, with the new well site they are willing to pay for the pipeline and a replacement well in addition to the water. This would be a benefit to The Authority. They have submitted an Access Agreement to give them the right to have their contractors and consultants complete their own testing to prove the water is directly from a well non chlorinated etc. After some discussion, it was on a motion of John Schiffhauer seconded by Gary Catalano to approve ratifying the access agreement. Unanimously approved motion carried.” 11.22.17 Spring Twp Water Minutes

Nov. 28, 2017 – Meeting, Centre County administrators, CBICC, Nestle

  • Participants: Centre County Planning Director Robert Jacobs; Nestle Waters executive Eric Andreus; CBICC Vice-President Jennifer Myers; and Centre County Administrator Margaret Gray, Referenced in “Email 9”, “Email 10”, “Email 11” and “Email 12” from Centre County.

Dec. 15, 2017 – STWA Doug Weikel email to Nestle Eric Andreus

  • “We received our Contractor’s schedule. Looks like he may be there this week to do some clearing and grubbing. Site excavation and site piping will begin in the new year. Building should start in March. They are showing well development beginning in May.” (See 2.28.18 Spring Township Water Authority RTK Responses)

Dec. 20, 2017 – Approval of “Cerro Well” construction loan by STWA board.

  • Spring Township Water Authority meeting. “SOLICITORS REPORT: John Miller, Solicitor – Mr. Miller reported he reviewed the Loan Documents and the Access Agreement with Nestle Water and has no comments, document is fine. CORRESPONDENCE/INFORMATION: Nestle Water – Doug Weikel, Chairman, reported he has talked with Eric Andreus of Nestle Water and they are at 99.9% go, will perform draw down test next. He will be at the January meeting to introduce himself and explain status. 12.20.17 Spring Twp Water Authority Minutes (Approval of well construction loan)

Jan. 3, 2018 – Centre Daily Times first public report on project

Jan. 4, 2018 – Meeting, 8:00 a.m., CBICC 0ffices (131 S. Fraser St. in State College)

  • Invitees/participants: CBICC executives; Centre County Government; Spring Township: Spring Township Water Authority; Benner Township; SBWJA; Bellefonte Wastewater Authority; West Penn Power; DEP; State government representatives. Referenced in “Email re: Jan. 4 meeting” from Centre County 

Jan. 16, 2018 – Email from Eric Andreus of Nestle Waters to Doug Weikel of STWA:

Jan. 17, 2018 – Meeting

  • Spring Creek Watershed Commission meeting, Bellefonte. Limited discussion of Nestle bottling plant proposal.

Mid-January – “Counseling”

  • Unknown format (telephonic, electronic or in-person); “counseling” provided by CBICC President Vern Squier to Nestle Waters executives, regarding bottled water donations to the Mountaintop community, during which Squier steered Nestle to PA Rep. Mike Hanna’s office, Centre County Commissioner Michael Pipe, other commissioners, and Centre County Administrator Margaret Gray. Referenced in “Email 17” from Centre County.

Jan. 22, 2018 – Meeting

  • Participants: Centre County Commissioner Mark Higgins, Centre County Democratic Committee Vice-Chair Betsy Whitman, and Jessica Buckland, Patton Township Supervisor. Referenced in a text message from Mark Higgins to Commissioner Michael Pipe on Jan. 18, 2018, and in “Email 48,” from Centre County.

Jan. 24, 2018 – Meeting, Spring Township Water Authority

  • Spring Township Water Authority meeting. Attended by Spring Township resident and Sierra Club-Moshannon Group leader Lynne Heritage and other concerned citizens. Heritage later reported that Doug Weikel, chair of the Spring Township Water Authority, worked for Nestle in Stroudsburg, PA as an engineer. Heritage reported Weikel did all the talking at the water authority meeting last week and stated there will be no public hearing or meeting to allow citizens to weigh in on the proposed deal with Nestle. Referenced in activist emails.

Jan. 25, 2018 – Nittany Valley Environmental Coalition Public Statement,

  • Full Statement. “The availability and public access to clean drinking water is a global issue, particularly in an era of climate change and increased corporate control of water resources. The waters of Centre County are exceptionally clean and abundant; they support our families and businesses, not to mention our agriculture, fishing and hunting tourism, and watershed flora and fauna. With care, Spring Creek should provide water for many decades of continued local population growth. However, when millions of people opt out of drinking tap water there is less political and public support for taking care of public water supplies…”

Late Jan. 2018 – Meeting

  • Participants: Centre County Commissioner Mark Higgins and Centre County Planning Director Robert Jacobs. Referenced in “Email 48” previously from Centre County.

Feb. 13, 2018 – Nestle Bottling Plant Tour

  • Tour participants unknown. Invitation to tour Nestle’s Allentown bottling facility. Referenced in “Email 4” from Centre County.

Feb. 20, 2018 – ClearWater Conservancy Public Statement

  • Deb Nardone, Executive Director, and Andy Warner, Board President – Full Statement. – “Based on our values, we believe the concept of an industry dependent on continuous extraction and export of our region’s groundwater raises questions and concerns that have not yet been adequately addressed.” Calls for an “Integrated Water Resources Management Plan” for Centre County.

Feb. 21, 2018 – Nestle announces Economic Impact Study completed

Feb. 28, 2018 – STWA board adopts “Term Sheet”

March 8, 2018 – Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited issues public statement

  • 3.8.18 SCC Trout Unlimited Statement – “…Unfortunately, there isn’t a regional water budget, which could be used to assess the impact of such a significant consumptive use as the proposed Nestle withdrawal. SCCTU would like to work with regional partners to help develop an integrated water management plan that considers the health of Spring Creek watershed for aquatic life in equal weight with needs of regional population growth and economic development…”

March 27, 2018 – Attorney letter to Spring Township Water Authority

April 2, 2018 – Spring Township Board of Supervisors Meeting

  • From Concerned Citizens of Pleasant Gap (Facebook) – “Supervisors Royer, Capparella and Perryman unanimously approved a resolution (non binding) in support of a Nestle Bottling Plant. They still have not determined a location in Spring or Benner Township. Eric Andreus of Nestle was in attendance. While other local residents of adjacent townships were silenced, Mr Andreus was allowed to speak. He thanked the supervisors for their resolution and announced to the public he has office space in Titan Energy Park where the public can meet with him. Spring Township residents Lynne Heritage and Martín Perna brought up the same questions which remain unanswered including: 1) What exit strategy does Spring Township have if this agreement goes south? 2) Why has Spring Township failed to hire a legal specialist in water law to review the terms? 3) Why have the Spring Township supervisors and water board not looked at cases where Nestle has been criminally negligent in their water extraction operations? 4) What compensation will be provided to property owners (and well owners) for the drop in property values? 5) On what roads will the trucks carrying 21 tons of water travel and how many trips per day?

4.8.18 CDT – Hawbaker Ad

4.8.18 CDT Ebaugh Editorial