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Shawningan Residents Appeal for Help to Protect its Water and Economic Health

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Who: The Shawnigan Residents Association on behalf of all BC Residents
What: Support by signing a petition to rescind the Environmental Appeal Board’s Decision to dump contaminated soil in a watershed that will impact healthy drinking water for Shawningan, Mill Bay and Victoria residents.
Where: Across the Province of British Columbia
When: Petitions due May 5, 2015
How: pdfDownload the petition, and return original copies to the SRA: Shawnigan Residents Association
PO Box 443
Shawnigan Lake, BC
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The Shawnigan Residents Association (SRA) is petitioning the BC Government to reverse the decision by the Environmental Appeal Board (EAB) to allow 5 million tons of contaminated soil to be dumped in the local watershed and aquifer system of Shawnigan Lake. This will impact economic viability and future health of 12,000 residents who rely on Shawnigan Lake as their primary drinking water source. The decision was announced on March 23, 2015.

The EAB decision left the community stunned and in disbelief that their water source is now unprotected despite overwhelming scientific evidence presented at the hearings. While the EAB weighed the risk against probability, citizens are not confident in taking any risk concerning toxin contaminates in their water source that cause various cancer and, other crippling and life threatening diseases.

Despite the exhaustive appeal by the SRA, and without more funding for continued legal battle, the community unites to ensure their concerns are taken seriously by way of the petition to Government. Calvin Cook, President of the SRA has stated that, “Any community is at the mercy of the EAB if it issues a similar ruling in their area impacting the health of their watershed. All British Columbians need to sign the petition and have the government reconsider its approach to waste management practices. It is not only a health issue, but one that has already seen Shawnigan real estate values drop, and economic investments compromised.”

Your help by signing this petition is crucial to ensuring Government hears the people’s concern. It needs to reconsider waste management practices to ensure the British Columbia’s environment, health and economic vitality is upheld for now and future generations.

The plan is to present the petition to the Legislative Assembly on the tentative date of May 13, 2015. The petition is available through the SRA website at www.thesra.ca. Anyone over 18 and a resident in BC can sign. Deadline for signatures to be returned to the SRA is May 5, 2015.

pdfDownload Petition

For further information, please contact:

Victoria Robson
Communications Director, The SRA

Tel. 778.677.3099
Email.

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