Nestle Waters’ bottled water does not meet the definition of an “essential service,” according to a decision Tuesday from the Michigan Court of Appeals.

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Federal Geologists are in Osceola County to monitor water levels that could be affected by Nestle’s water withdrawals. A move that environmental groups say should have happened months ago.

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An environmental group’s challenge of a permit to increase water withdrawals granted to Nestle by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is moving forward.

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The Michigan Court of Appeals announced last week that it will take up a case involving a Nestle pumping station near Evart, in Osceola County.

MichMash: June 15, 2018

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Nestle can pull about a half a million gallons of water a day out of a well in Western Michigan, then turn around and sell the water in its plastic bottles. It’s a controversial business arrangement that spurred thousands of people in Michigan to voice their opposition. But it’s allowed because of a provision in the Great Lakes Compact.