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Erin Brockovich Takes on Hinkley's Water Once Again
David Hope
Mar 10, 2011, 10:06

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Erin Brockovich is making an odd return to her roots. Brockovich is returning to the California town that made her famous and is once again planning to rally residents over water pollution.

She's expected to announce at a water board meeting Wednesday that the supplies in this small desert town of Hinckley is contaminated and the situation may be worse than Pacific Gas & Electric says.

Roberta Walker is a Hinkley resident who was part of the historic $333 million settlement with the utility that's depicted in the film portrayal of Brockovich.

For Walker and others involved in the original case, the new developments are like stepping back in time and are a haunting reminder that a landmark lawsuit and a blockbuster movie are no guarantee of safety.

"We didn't bring a giant to its knees, all we did was wake it up," Walker said. "This is not happening again � I can't believe it."

"When I first met Roberta back in 1991 and 1992, she said PG&E; is buying property, handing out bottled water and my horse just died," she said. "This year she called and said they're buying property, handing out bottled water and my horse just died.

"Eerie doesn't describe it," she said. "It was out of body � it was like the 20 years never happened."

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