September 12th 2013
By: Shawnigan Residents Association (SRA)
Shawnigan Lake, BC: Yesterday, the SRA filed an application asking the Environmental Appeal Board (EAB) to stay the permit issued by the Ministry of the Environment which allows Cobble Hill Holdings Ltd. to dump 100,000 tons of toxic soil each year for 50 years in the Shawnigan Lake watershed.
The SRA made a commitment to the people of Shawnigan Lake that we would fight this permit. On August 26th the SRA filed a notice of appeal and called on the EAB to hold an oral hearing in this matter, and we have followed through with action intended to halt work on the contaminated soil dump until this matter is fully heard and decided by the Environmental Appeal Board.
Placing the health, safety and well being of the people in Shawnigan Lake at risk from this project is unacceptable. The Ministry of Environment has failed to protect the families of Shawnigan Lake and the 12,000 residents who draw on this drinking water source. The onus is now on the backs of residents to fight to save our way of life and to ensure we have safe, livable, drinkable and swimmable water.
We hope, given the serious risks the contaminated soil dump poses to the safety and well being of our community, that the EAB will exercise its authority and grant the stay.
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