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Rally at Victoria Legislature May13th to Present Petition Opposing EAB Decision

Where: Grounds of the Victoria Legislature
When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 11:30am-1:00pm

11 May 2015
Shawnigan Lake, BC

By: Shawnigan Residents Association (SRA)

A Rally marking the delivery of a Petition of over 10,000 signatures will take place on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Legislature. The Petition opposes the decision by the Environmental Appeal Board allowing the dumping of contaminated soil into the Shawnigan Lake watershed.

Calvin Cook, President of the SRA said "Several communities have united together to sign the Petition and voice their concern against the dumping of five million tonnes of highly toxic contaminates into the Shawnigan watershed. Any community is at the mercy of the EAB if a similar ruling should result in this occurring in their watershed".

Victoria Robson, SRA says "Your participation is critical at the Rally to show our community's unity and resolve against this decision. Elected members, community leaders, and students will be present to speak in support of protecting the watershed. "

For more information contact www.thesra.ca, or the SRA Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ShawniganResidents

Please Note: Protestors are not permitted inside the Legislature. Washrooms are not accessible so please make arrangements to use washrooms before arrival. There are no exceptions.

Parking: Parking around the legislature will be in short supply and high demand. Carpooling is encouraged whenever possible. Free carpool matching will be made available through www.carpool.ca.

Thank you in advance for your important and valued involvement. See you there!

BACKGROUND

The SRA is engaged in legal proceedings which are before the BC Environmental Appeal Board 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. Sean Hern and Robert Anderson QC of Farris LLP are representing the SRA.

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Media Contact

Victoria Robson
Communications Director, The SRA
e:
p: 778.667.3099

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