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Notice of #SaveShawniganWater Community Meeting

22 March 2015 
By: Shawnigan Residents Association (SRA) 

Shawnigan Lake, BC:
There will be a Shawnigan community meeting on Monday, March 23rd at 8:00 pm at the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre to discuss the outcome of the Environmental Appeal Board decision and the path forward for the Shawnigan community. Scheduled speakers include:

  • Sonia Furstenau, Area B Director
  • Sean Hern, Farris LLP (SRA Legal Counsel)
  • Calvin Cook, SRA President

In support of the SRA's Legal Action Fund, the community has raised over $250,000 for the legal battle to stop the South Island Aggregates (SIA) contaminated soil dump. The costs have risen to over $500,000 and donations are urgently needed.

Learn. Donate. Act.

BACKGROUND

The SRA, along with the Cowichan Valley Regional District, John Hayes and Rick Saunders, initiated legal proceedings against South Island Aggregates (SIA) aka Cobble Hill Holdings (CHH) who have been granted a permit by the BC Ministry of the Environment to dump 5 million tonnes of Contaminated Soil on a slope above Shawnigan Lake. The soils will include dioxins, furans, heavy metals, BTEX, MTBE, VPHs, LEPHs/HEPHs, PAHs, Chlorinated Hydrocarbons, Phenolic Substances, Chloride, Sodium and Glycol to name a few of the contaminates. Over 12,000 residents rely on Shawnigan Lake as their source of drinking water. The SRA believes any level of risk associated with the dumping of these types of chemicals is unacceptable because of the irreversible effects.

Learn. Donate. Act.

Media Contact

Calvin Cook
President
e.
p. (250) 208-2749

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