Quote of the Day - Fire, water and government know nothing of mercy.
Ice Mountain is owned by Nestle Waters of North America. Nestle produces other water products including Poland Spring, Arrowhead (a local California company) and Deer Park.
Environmentalists sued Ice Mountain, and claimed that the pumping operation drained nearby lakes, streams and wetlands.
The dispute involves four wells in Mecosta County, in western Michigan. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's water division had granted a permit allowing Ice Mountain's water-bottling plant to withdraw up to 400 gallons per minute, or 576,000 gallons per day.
Since production started, the plant's average pumping rate has been around 200 to 250 gallons per minute, company spokeswoman Deborah Wudyka said.
Now, nothing is being pumped.
Ice Mountain Spring Water spokeswoman Deborah Muchmore said the ruling was unwarranted and "quite extreme." She said the company will appeal.
Terry Swier, a founder of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation, said the judge's decision "sets the stage for another big piece of the puzzle and that is getting water legislation in Michigan - some strong water legislation."
The debate over the water pumping nearly turned violent in September. Ice Mountain workers discovered a broken glass-block window and found unexploded, homemade firebombs while making a routine check at one of the company's stations. The Earth Liberation Front was blamed for the incident. The FBI is investigating.
I don't know why. The ELF claimed responsibility for the firebombs. Maybe the Fibbies missed that part.