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Leora Nugent Family Pledges to Match Donations to SRA Legal Action Fund!

05 March 2014 
By: Shawnigan Residents Association (SRA) 

Shawnigan Lake, BC: In support of the SRA's Legal Action Fund, the Leora Nugent Family is sending out a challenge to the community and asking people to send in their contributions to the SRA and those monies will be matched dollar for dollar to a maximum of $10,000! "We hope that this would provide incentive for others to give more generously knowing that every dollar they donate will equal $2" states Mr. Dan Nugent.

"We are touched at the outpouring of support that the SRA has from our community and from people across British Columbia. This is not just a Shawnigan issue. The Ministry of Environment allowing contained soil dumps in drinking watersheds is a concern for everyone in this province. This matching donor opportunity will help us significantly and our sincere thanks go out to the Leora Nugent Family" says Calvin Cook, SRA Vice President.

The SRA along with the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) and private land owners are fighting the permit this month at the BC Environmental Appeal Board arguing the permit is of high risk and must be set aside. To watch the hearings live click here or tune in at

"It's a sad day when in the year 2014 citizens must raise funds to fight to protect drinking water which could have been avoided had the Minister of Environment done their job. That being said, the people of Shawnigan Lake are strong and we will continue to fight - we believe in drinkable, swimmable and livable water" remarks Cook.

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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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