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The SRA, Community and Shawnigan Lake School Raise Additional $45K to Fight SIA Contaminated Soil Dump

29 April 2014 
By: Shawnigan Residents Association (SRA)

Shawnigan Lake, BC: In support of the SRA's Legal Action Fund, the community and Shawnigan Lake School have this month raised an additional $45,000 for the legal battle to stop South Island Aggregates (SIA) Contaminated Soil Dump.

"As a board and as a community we are consistently humbled by the outpouring of generosity and support for our legal action to stop SIA's contaminated soil dump. This is not just a Shawnigan issue, placing a contaminated soil dump in a drinking watershed is the definition of irresponsible business practice. We believe in safe, swimmable, drinkable and livable water and we continue our fight to protect it" says Calvin Cook, SRA President.

David Robertson headmaster of Shawnigan Lake School which, is the largest employer in Shawnigan Lake, stated "Our school is about honouring our legacy and shaping the future. We support the SRA in their legal efforts and will continue to do so. Water is the basis of life, the very thought of tampering with such a valuable resource must be challenged."

To date the SRA has raised $200,000 to fight this legal battle. As the hearing dates were extended the costs continue to rise and we are now looking at costs exceeding $250,000. Every dollar helps.

The SRA will be hosting a benefit gala on May 16th 2014 to help raise funds to pay for this legal battle. Tickets are only $75 and all proceeds go towards the SRA Legal Action Fund. Visit our website and purchase your tickets today!
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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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Calvin Cook
p. (250) 208-2749

David Robertson
p. (250) 743-5516

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