August 26th, 2013
By: Shawnigan Residents Association (SRA)
Shawnigan Lake, BC: Today the SRA has filed a Notice of Appeal with the BC Environmental Appeal Board in opposition to the Ministry of Environment's decision to grant South Island Aggregates a permit to dump contaminated soil in the Shawnigan Lake drinking watershed. Sean Hern and Robert Anderson QC of Farris LLP are representing the SRA on this matter.
The SRA is profoundly disappointed that the Ministry of Environment has disregarded the will of the community and is jeopardizing the health, safety and well-being of the people of Shawnigan Lake.
The SRA will argue that the risks of the landfill failing to contain the contaminents and poisoning the watershed and lake are far too high.
"We expect this to be a tough fight given government's support of this project, but on our side we have the overwhelming support of a community opposed to this facility. Our concern is that this high-risk decision was not made with the interests of our community in mind, and that inevitably there will be leakage into our drinking water, the health and economic impact of which will be devastating" states Calvin Cook, SRA Director.
The SRA is calling on support from the community and people across British Columbia to help us stop this permit. Please visit our website www.thesra.ca to sign our petition, get involved and contribute to our legal action fund. We are pleased the CVRD has retained legal counsel to appeal the permit and look forward to working with them on this matter.