Timeline so far strongly suggests that Spring Township Water Authority obtained DEP and SRBC permits to drill a new “public well” also called the “Cerro Well” off of Mulbarger Lane, which will be financed by a loan taken out by the water authority, and then construction and pipeline costs will be reimbursed by Nestle, which will purchase the water pumped from that well.
This appears to have enabled Nestle to avoid having their corporate name appear on permit applications, making the project look like a public water supply project.
Dec. 1970 – Adoption of Susquehanna River Basin Compact by U.S. Congress.
- 1972 SRB Compact published by Susquehanna River Basin Commission
Sept. 16, 1993 – STWA Permit approval by SRBC
- 1993 SRBC Permit for Spring Township Water Authority – “…A total system surface water withdrawal of 0.60 MGD is approved pursuant to Article 3, Section 3.10 of the Compact subject to the following conditions…”
Sept. 18, 2017 – Discussion of Land Development Plan for “Cerro Well” by Spring Township Planning Commission
- 9.18.17 Spring Township Planning Commission Minutes (Discussion of Land Development Plan)
Oct. 16, 2017 – Conditional approval of LDP for “Cerro Well” by Spring Township Planning Commission
- 10.16.17 Spring Twp Planning Commission Minutes (Conditional approval of Land Development Plan)
Nov. 6, 2017 – Approval of LDP for “Cerro Well” by Spring Township Board of Supervisors
- 11.6.17 Spring Township Board of Supervisors Minutes (Approval of Land Development Plan)
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.” 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.” Board also approved Cerro Well construction loan. 12.20.17 Spring Twp Water Authority Minutes
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:
- “Joe Leahey (Cerro/Navitus) asked if I can provide him a copy of Casselberry’s Aquifer Testing report for the STWA Cerro Well (PW-2) that was prepared to obtain the DEP and SRBC permits.”
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” previously provided.
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
- Coverage in the Centre Daily Times.
February 28, 2018 – STWA adopts “Terms Sheet” laying out terms of proposed contract with Nestle for construction, use of “Cerro Well/PW-2”