Cascade Locks mayor supports Nestle bottling plant
By Gretchen Holzgang
Cascade Locks Mayor Lance Masters issued a statement in favor of a proposal to build a Nestle water bottling plant in the region.
Cascade Locks Mayor Lance Masters announced last week his support of a $50 million proposal to build a Nestle Corp. bottling plant in the town.
The proposal, which would draw a combined 100 million gallons of water annually from both the state-controlled Oxbow Springs and Cascade Locks-controlled ground water, has continued to raise protest from multiple environmental groups and outdoor enthusiasts.
"We believe the water bottling opportunity will be good for the community, good for business, and good for the state of Oregon," Masters said. "It will bring jobs and an influx of revenue into Cascade Locks that we desperately need. It has the potential to start to revitalize our community, which has struggled over the years."
The proposed plant will create an estimated 50 news jobs in the area.
Masters added that the city has been diligently researching the bottling plant industry and is working to protect the town and environment.
Gov. John Kitzhaber announced in May that he would not take a position on the plant and related protests.
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