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SRA takes the fight against SIA to the street

logo-hq-cowichan-valleyWednesday, January 22, 2014 - 12:06 PM
HQ Cowichan Valley

The Shawnigan Residents Association's fight with South Island Aggregates is about to get a whole lot more public.

The SRA has placed a message on a billboard that will greet drivers as they enter Victoria from the ferry or airport.

The billboard urges the public to: Learn; Donate; Act on the issue of contaminated soil in Shawnigan.

Jason Walker, a Director with the SRA says they wanted the message to reach the Victoria population because if the SIA permit is approved the Capital Regional District's watershed will be at risk, too.

"The SIA soil dump is only 2.2 kilometres from the CRD watershed boundary, and we need people to be aware that the potential to leach toxins into drinking water is huge."

The billboard was paid for through donations from Shawnigan area businesses.

The SRA is engaged in legal proceedings -which are before the BC Environmental Appeal Board- against South Island Aggregates.

The hearing is scheduled to begin on March 3, in Victoria.

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