19 May 2015
Shawnigan Lake, BC
The Shawnigan Residents Association (the "SRA") filed today an application for judicial review in the British Columbia Supreme Court, seeking to have the Court set aside the March 20, 2014 decision of the Environmental Appeal Board and overturn the permit granted for a contaminated soil landfill in the Shawnigan Lake watershed.
"We believe that the issuance of this permit and the decision of the Environmental Appeal Board were based on significant errors," said Calvin Cook, President of the SRA, "and we don't believe the SRA received a procedurally fair hearing before the Board". Mr. Cook said further, "As a result, we will carry this fight to the next level. The safety of our water and our environment is paramount. The SRA simply cannot stand by in these circumstances and allow 5 million tons of contaminated soil to be trucked in from elsewhere and dumped in our watershed. The community is overwhelmingly against this landfill. The science is on our side, the site has not been shown to be suitable. That the government still supports this facility is deeply troubling."
A copy of the filed Court application is available on the SRA website and is linked here. A hearing date has not been set.
Individual and corporate contributions to the SRA Legal Action Fund are welcome and will (optionally) be publicly acknowledged. Cheques can made payable to Shawnigan Residents Association and mailed to PO Box 443, Shawnigan Lake, BC, V0R2W0, or you can contribute online at www.thesra.ca.
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.