Supreme Court to Determine Legality of Creston Water Bottling Plant

Whether or not a citizen-initiated Flathead County zoning district precludes a controversial water bottling plant from operating near Creston is set to be decided by the Montana Supreme Court following oral arguments presented Jan. 19.

The ascension of the embattled bottling plant’s fate to the state’s high court is the latest development in a years-long legal battle between the Montana Artesian Water Company (MAWC) and advocacy groups formed by neighboring landowners, who say the industrial operation disrupts the area’s rural character and violates zoning regulations.