"Fryeburg, for all its out-of-season torpor, once bustled with economic activity: sawmills and timber operations, a shoe manufacturing plant, a couple of machine shops, corn shops, and dozens of thriving dairy farms. Now, it has the water-extraction business, which contributes nothing to the town's long-term economic welfare," Bottlemania, via LAT.
A new book by the author of Garbageland
, Elizabeth Royte, chronicles the front lines of the water war:
Fryeburg bears the burden of living at the other end of the giant green Poland Spring pipe.... Fryeburg residents try to repel the water company. They demand tests, throw a Boston Tea Party by dumping Poland Spring in a local pond, take the issue to Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court and hold a town meeting straight out of Norman Rockwell, via NYT.
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