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NDP back SRA in soil fight

NDPHQ Cowichan Valley, July 26, 2013

By Liz Craig, Cowichan Valley

The fight against contaminated soil being dumped in the Shawnigan Watershed has gained support in the form of the BC NDP.

The Opposition party sat down with the Shawnigan Residents Association this week.

SRA spokesperson Jason Walker explained it was a very positive meeting.

"We met with the official opposition and we were very pleased that they shared our concerns around the proposed permit for contaminated soil in our drinking watershed. They have agreed to help us raise this issue as a matter of public policy at the Provincial level," he said.

"We are also very much looking forward to working with the opposition and the government to find a commonsense solution to this problem."

Walker said so far the Liberal government has not responded to an invitations to sit down and talk.

Meanwhile, area NDP MLA Bill Routley presented SRA's petition, signed by 4000 people, in the Legislature Wednesday.

There is still no word on when a decision on the permit is expected to come down.

In the meantime, the SRA continues to raise funds to wage a legal battle if necessary.

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