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Weed, CA Residents Protest Springfield Company’s Actions

Protesters at Roseburg Forest Products in Springfield Tuesday

A group of people from Weed, California protestedin front of Roseburg Forest Products headquarters in Springfield Tuesday. They’re asking the company to drop a lawsuit against them and not sell their water rights. 

Roseburg Forest Products has sued the city of Weed and a group of citizens who protested its decision to sell water from Beaughan Spring to an international bottling company. The spring, which the company claims ownership of, is a source of water for the community at the foot of Mt. Shasta.

Bruce Shoemaker is with the protest group Water for Citizens of Weed.

“A lot of this is about spring water becoming a commodity," he says. "But our town is paying the price for that and going to possibly lose our source of spring water because it’s sought after as an international commodity now.”

In a statement sent to KLCC, Roseburg Forest Products says it… “expects the court to reaffirm and uphold Roseburg’s clearly established water rights to Beaughan Spring…” It adds that “The lawsuit at issue simply seeks to eliminate challenges to such ownership…”

The company also says it’s allowing Weed access to the water until it finds alternative sources

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