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Sign vandalism leaves soil-dumping foes seeking public's help

logo-cowichan-news-leader2By Peter Rusland - Cowichan News Leader Pictorial 
Published: October 11, 2013 10:00 AM 

Sign graffiti and theft are under attack by folks opposing treatment of fuel-fouled soil near Shawnigan Lake.

The Shawnigan Residents Association seeks public help in reporting vandalism to its 'Save our Shawnigan Water' signs.

"There has been a noticeable increase in vandalism, and removal of Save our Shawnigan Water signage during the past few weeks, SRA's Friday's release says.

"The most recent example was the tagging of the 'Welcome to Shawnigan Lake Water Protection Area' sign on Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road. It was 'tagged' by spray paint with the letters 'sia'."

SIA is the firm with a provincial, 50-year permit — under appeal by the SRA, and Cowichan's regional board — to treat five million tonnes of dirty dirt.

"We do not know who the culprits are in this rash of vandalism, however, one thing is clear - their behaviour and actions are not acceptable" states SRA director Anne Marie Thornton.

Despite rising tensions about SIA's permit, SRA believes "there is an expectation members of our community can respectfully voice their opinions," the release says.

SRA's science suggests SIA's quarry-contaminants could pollute Shawingan's water supplies.

Report suspicious activity to the RCMP. Visit for details about SRA's concerns.

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