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Environmental Appeal Board Rules In Favor of SRA and CVRD - Process & Documents Will Remain Public Despite SIA Attempts to Make Information Confidential

sra-swirl228 October 2013 
Shawnigan Residents Association (SRA) 

Shawnigan Lake, BC: On Friday October 25th, 2013 the Environmental Appeal Board (EAB) rejected a request by South Island Aggregates (SIA) also know as Cobble Hill Holdings (CHH) that information submitted by CHH in the EAB hearings be subject to confidentiality and not released to the public.

CHH had argued that it would be "inappropriate for the material filed herewith to make its way onto those websites," in reference to the websites maintained by SRA and CVRD, but EAB chair Alan Andison responded that "...the appeal process is public in nature. Hearings are open to the public, and information provided to the Board by one party must also be provided to all other parties to the appeal. Moreover, once a document is filed with the Board it is a prima facie disclosable to the public."

The SRA supports the EAB's decision on this matter and will continue to keep our members and the public informed during the appeal process. "Everything about this is a public matter. It's our water source that is at stake and any attempt to silence the SRA or any other body or person through the appeal board process is completely and wholeheartedly unacceptable" stated Calvin Cook SRA Director.

The SRA continues to work closely with the CVRD in this matter. Both organizations are committed to preventing CHH from operating a contaminated soil landfill in the Shawnigan Lake watershed which would place the environment and drinking water at risk.

Please visit the SRA website for more information, the EAB letter and CHH's response to the SRA and CVRD's request for a stay of the permit.

To make a contribution to the SRA legal action fund or to become a member of the SRA please click here.

Media Contact:
Jason Walker
SRA Director Administration and Communications
250 588 7973
www.thesra.ca

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