Grand Canyon National Park officials were all set to ban the sale of disposable water bottles in the Grand Canyon late last year, but the nation’s parks chief blocked the plan after having conversations with Coca-Cola, a major donor to the National Park Foundation, The New York Times reported today.
The top parks official at the Grand Canyon said his superiors told him Coca-Cola, distributor of Dasani and donor of more than $13 million to the parks, registered its concerns about the ban through the foundation, and that the project was being tabled. Park, foundation and company officials confirmed the story.
Stephen P. Martin, the Grand Canyon official said he was upset, “because of what I felt were ethical issues surrounding the idea of being influenced unduly by business.”
Neil J. Mulholland, president of the National Park Foundation, said Coke had asked about the reasons for the water bottle ban and how it would work.
“There was not an overt statement made to me that